Tom Palizzi

Arvada, Colorado

With heavy hearts, we share the passing of longtime friend of the Foundation, Ambassador, and Tour de Victory founder and ride director, Tom Palizzi.

The inspiration for Tour de Victory came at dinner with Tom and Foundation co-founder Davis Phinney in Washington, D.C. in 2014. Tom promised Davis he would bring a fundraising ride back to Boulder, Colorado that would follow routes in Boulder County and provide a safe and enjoyable ride for cyclists of all abilities.

Under Tom’s visionary leadership, the Tour de Victory was launched in 2019 and in 2024, hosts over 400 riders, fundraisers, and volunteers. Since its inception, the ride has raised nearly half a million dollars for the Foundation, and it continues to grow year after year.

To honor Tom, we encourage you to sign up to ride and fundraise at Tour de Victory or volunteer at Tour de Victory at Tour de Victory. Make a donation in memory of Tom Palizzi.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 at age 48. When I heard the words, “you have Parkinson’s”, my first thought went to how much longer I have to live. But then I remembered people that have had Parkinson’s for years. I quickly realized I knew very little about Parkinson’s but enough to know that my life would be changing.

I have been actively engaged in the global Parkinson’s community, serving on the board of directors for a national Parkinson’s foundation and patient advisory council while remaining actively involved with public policy and disease legislation. Locally and now globally, I lead Pedaling for Parkinson’s indoor cycling class three days a week and speak to support groups whenever I can. Being active and engaged is key. With Parkinson’s, you can’t simply rely on the medication. Exercise, a positive attitude, and community activity all contribute to helping you live well. As an ambassador, I strive to help others understand how they can live well.

Read Tom’s Moments of Victory® submission here.

Featuring Tom:

[Podcast] July YOPD Council: Q&A
[Podcast] July YOPD Council: Q&A

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