You’re Invited: A Conversation with Brian Grant and Davis Phinney

Brian Grant and Davis Phinney

Brian Grant had a long and successful 12-year career in basketball playing for five teams. Two years after retiring at age 36, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At first, he had a difficult time accepting that he couldn’t push through the pain and get better. Eventually, Brian took to heart the lessons he learned from his coaches that you can’t always control the ball, but you can control your effort. Today, Brian insists on thriving with Parkinson’s, and he has made it his mission to help other people with Parkinson’s become their best, even when it seems impossible.

Davis Phinney is an Olympic Bronze medalist and Tour de France stage winner who claims the most victories of any cyclist in American history. From the late 1970s until his retirement from professional cycling in 1993, Davis achieved more wins—328 victories in all—than any other US cyclist. In 2000, after years of feeling not quite right, and an almost endless round of tests, Davis was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s (YOPD). Realizing early on that he could take action to feel healthy and strong despite living with Parkinson’s, Davis founded the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s to promote and fund innovative research that seeks to improve quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. Since then, the Foundation has expanded far beyond research to become a leading source of education for families committed to living well today.

What’s kind of crazy is that these two have never sat down for a conversation. So, we’re going to change that. We’re getting Davis and Brian together to talk about their experiences in sport, what it was like to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the importance of driving a mission forward, and what they do to live well with Parkinson’s today.

Why are we telling you about this now? Because we want you to send in your questions. You can ask Davis and/or Brian anything you want, and we’ll get to as many as we can during the interview. Then, once it’s ready to go, we’ll send you the recording. (Note: This will not be a live event.)

Email your questions to us at  blog@dpf.org.

Want to learn more about davis and Brian?

Ask the Expert Series with Davis Phinney

Davis Phinney: Moments of Victory®  

Davis Phinney: Every Victory Counts

 

 

Meet and Greet With Brian Grant

Same Warrior, New Battle: Brian Grant 

Living With Parkinson’s: Brian Grant

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