Sunflower Revolution IV cochairs Rob Braun and Joe Broderick, MD, are heading up the fourth annual Sunflower Revolution gala, which features a dinner and auction to raise money for Parkinson's disease research.
Braun is the news anchor for Local 12, WKRC-TV, and Broderick is the chair of neurology at UC and the research director of the Neuroscience Institute at UC and University Hospital.
At last year's event, Davis Phinney, the former Tour de France stage-winner who suffers from Parkinson's disease, brought the audience of 400 to its feet with his heart-tugging remarks:
"If you have a challenging or disabling disease like Parkinson's, you have to look at victory as being very, very close to home," Phinney said.
"And so a victory might be the simplest thing. It might be a good conversation, a smile. There are so many ways you can define victories that make your day better. And if your day is better your week is better, and if your weeks are better, your year is better. And you live well."
The Sunflower Revolution is a celebratory, three-day event whose mission is to raise money for Parkinsonís disease research and wellness, and to provide education and networking opportunities for patients, caregivers, and physicians confronted by this incurable disease.
Launched in 2004 by the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Cincinnati community, the Sunflower Revolution includes:
Friday: A gala and auction
Saturday: An educational symposium and Parkinsonís expo for patients, caregivers, and physicians
Sunday: Bike rides of 100k, 40k and 10k
The Sunflower Revolution was named by Kathleen Krumme, a Cincinnati cyclist and bicycle shop manager whose father suffered from Parkinsonís disease. The sunflower is not only a ubiquitous sight at the Tour de France, the worldís most famous cycling event, it is also a symbol of hope.
Those who support the Sunflower events are helping fuel research that will lead to a revolution in the care of patients with Parkinsonís disease and, ultimately, a cure.