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Parkinson's not stopping man from riding in El Tour de Tucson

Wednesday November 24, 2010

KVOA.COM - Nate Benedict is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and even though it causes loss of balance, and tremors, he's found a way to fight it.

Benedict said, "When I get on a bike, I don't have Parkinson's, it's gone."

He says riding a bike has turned his life around, and now he's training to ride 40 miles in this weekend's El Tour De Tucson.

Benedict said, "My balance is good, I can do this, I just feel great, and I've probably never been happier in my life."

Physical Therapist Becky Farley helps Nate train three times a week at the Mid Valley Athletic Center.

Farley said, "You would look at him and you probably wouldn't even know that he has Parkinson's, because he's moving so well."

Research suggests that if people with Parkinson's push themselves, the better off they become.

Farley said, "He's doing more than some people who are healthy are doing."

Even if he doesn't win this weekend's race on a bike, he's definitely winning the battle against Parkinson's disease all together, and he believes others can to.

Benedict said, "Whatever moves you, try it, you might be surprised that what you think you can't do, you can do."

Nate wants to ride 80 miles in next year's El Tour De Tucson.

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