This is a stationary recumbent bicycle with a built-in motor that keeps the pedals moving, assisting the rider to pedal faster and for longer.
Multiple clinical studies have shown that this type of “forced” exercise can slow and even reverse the symptoms of Parkinsons.
( http://www.theracycle.com/articles/parkinsons-bike-study.aspx )
Normally, a Theracycle 200 costs $4500... but the company happens to be running a sale this month, and are giving a $1000 discount until the end of March.
Addison and Jahnavi are determined to buy this bicycle for Russell... but even with the discount it’s a serious stretch.
So we are asking friends and family to pitch in and we'll pay the difference.
A word from the brothers Rice:
Anyone who has met our father knows that he is hard working, good natured, wise, loyal an caring.
His quiet confidence and strong moral fiber have earned him a quite a few friends and much respect in his community.
The fact that he is such a truly good and decent man is what makes it so heartbreaking to watch a neurodegenerative disease slowly strip him of the life he has known and the ability to be who he is on the inside.
This bike is not going to be the magic solution we have all been crossing our fingers for...
However, it has been proven to be very benefecial for other Parkinson's patients, and seems to be our best hope to not only alleviate the pain our dad feels on a daily basis, but to also slow and possibly reverse the symptoms of PD.
Doing this for him could very well enable Russell to experience his golden years in a way that isn't defined by pain, just as he deserves to.
Together, we can make this happen, and give our beloved Daddy a clear road to recovering his quality of life.
-Addison & Austin
P.S. Here’s what one Parkinson’s patient has to say about the results he’s getting with his Theracycle:
- FRANKLIN RIVERS
- Allyson Santaw
- Michael Beer
- Melissa Stetten
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