Each month, we spotlight people in our community who have inspiring stories to tell. Today, we are happy to feature Paul Hines, from Philadelphia, PA, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago and, after teaming up with Team DPF, just ran his 51st marathon, raising $6000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation in the process.
WHy did you decide to join Team DPF and fundraise for the Davis Phinney foundation?
I received the Every Victory Counts® manual from friends after I was diagnosed. It was full of facts and good advice. Knowing how much it helped me, I wanted to raise money to support the production of this book so others could continue to benefit from it as I did.
What event did you participate in or host as part of Team DPF?
I created the event “Paul Hines Outpace Parkinson’s 3-in-1 Marathon” in order to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation and do something I loved! It consisted of a 26.2 mile marathon run, completed over three days, with fellow runners, friends, and family joining me on the last day.
What is your favorite memory from this event?
As I reached mile eight of my last nine-mile run, I began to tire and lean forward, actually falling on the last hill. Two fellow runners came up to me, grabbed onto both sides, and held me up as I finished the race.
What challenges did you face when fundraising?
One of the hardest parts was getting the word out about my three-in-one marathon. I ended up primarily doing so by emailing family and friends as well as bigger groups and organizations. The organizations I chose to reach out to were running clubs and groups in the area, as well as the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy where I had been a teacher and running coach for many years.
What advice or encouragement would you give to someone interested in fundraising for the Davis Phinney Foundation?
Take a chance and do it.
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Each month, we spotlight people from our Parkinson’s community who embody living well today – what we call Moments of Victory®. Your story, like Tom’s, could be featured on our blog and Facebook page so others can learn from your experiences and victories.