LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Imagine riding your bike over three-thousand miles across the country just for fun, but what if you were riding for a cure? New York native Marci Silverman is racing her bike from coast to coast to fight Parkinson's disease and raise awareness along the way.
"What I really wanted to do was make a difference. I decided to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation which is for Parkinson's disease," said Marci Silverman.
Over the course of fifty-eight days and thirty-one hundred miles, Marci will travel from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida. She decided to make the trip less than two weeks before and ride for Parkinson's; a neurological illness that affects movement and muscle control. Riding across country isn't the hardest part.
"The hardest part is actually keeping the momentum going for the fundraising while I'm on the road," said Silverman.
Marci's got the momentum and she's not riding alone. She's riding with the Bicycle Tour for Women.
"I think it's fantastic. She's trying to raise funds for a good cause," said Sherryl Schussler.
"It's very inspiring and wonderful to see all the causes that are being ridden for and amazing the amount of money can be raised," said Marni Harang.
Marci rides about sixty to seventy miles a day. Some days are harder than others but she's peddling along for Parkinson's, a disease she's very familiar with.
"My grandfather had Parkinson's and I got to see what that did to him. I also have a more recent connection. Two of my boyfriends' uncles both have Parkinson's and they got it when they were much younger," said Silverman.
Riding her bike from sea to sea, Marci hopes to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson's disease.
"To me it's a wonderful thing that I am able to do this. As tough as any day might be, a really hard climb, really cold, really hot or I don't feel like riding, I can do it. There are a lot of people out there with Parkinson's who would love to be able to do this," said Silverman.
With every mile, Marci is making a difference biking for Parkinson's. She hopes to reach her destination by April 30th.
Meanwhile, if you would like to help with Marci's cause and follow her daily progress, log on to her web site.