Moments of Victory: Dan Ben-David Brings Team DPF the Dogs, Goats, and Bears, Oh My!

Team DPF Dan Ben-David He is a white ma biking on a paved road in a green biking jersey and black helmet.

Each month, we spotlight an inspiring story from someone in our Team DPF® community who is helping to improve the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s. Today, we are happy to feature Team DPF member Dan Ben-David from Milton, GA.

Why did you decide to join Team DPF?

I started experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms in 2005 at age 51 and was clinically diagnosed two years later. Having been a lifelong athlete, I continued swimming, cycling, and working with a personal trainer.  

I continued my professional career as an R&D researcher and project leader for an automated blood analyzer manufacturer until I went on disability in 2013; my tremor made it impossible to do my job. And unfortunately, my symptoms, including dyskinesia and tremor, were only minimally responsive to meds.

In 2016, I qualified for deep brain stimulation (DBS). When it was finally turned on in January 2017, it felt amazing. I began to box and cycle. I began participating in fundraising rides with Team Fox and raised many thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, despite my best efforts, my condition deteriorated. Through it all, however, I’ve kept cycling. I simply won’t quit.

A cyclist buddy who works for Wahoo posted a link to The 2023 Wahooligan Tour, and I contributed immediately to his call to fundraise. Soon after, I formed a team named after the three clubs I ride with called Dogs, Goats, and Bears, Oh My!

What is your favorite team dpf memory?

My favorite memory was when Paul Zucker, a nationally ranked champion in the 56-69 age group, joined my team. I met him in college 50 years ago, and he is wildly popular in certain circles (Bears). Unfortunately, Paul had to bow out to concentrate on training for the upcoming TT Championships, but having him on my team was such an honor. I actually cried when he joined me.

What challenges did you face when fundraising?

Asking for money is tough, but it’s easier when doing it for a Foundation you believe in. When I reached out for donations, I explained why the Davis Phinney Foundation’s mission of living well today is so important to me and how critical exercise is to living well and long with Parkinson’s. I also shared my experience with DBS and my commitment to cycling. Everyone wants a cure, but until that happens, I choose to fight back with gusto. This Foundation’s message is inspirational and communicating it to potential donors is key.

What are the top three actions that helped you reach your fundraising goal?

  1. Communicating my thoughts and feelings, that I will never give up, and that vigorous exercise can slow the progress of Parkinson’s.
  2. Using the Facebook fundraiser tool.
  3. Using the Wahooligan email tool.

What advice or encouragement would you give to someone interested in fundraising for the Davis Phinney Foundation?

Just enroll and use the tools. Be honest and inspire others! Be an example by doing everything you can to live well with Parkinson’s.


Your story, like Dan’s, could be featured on our blog and Facebook page so others can learn from your experiences. Submit Your Team DPF Moments of Victory® story now. 

If you’re not yet part of Team DPF, but you’d like to join us in raising money to help people live well with Parkinson’s today, contact our team to get started.  

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