“Rain, snow, shine, I gotta get out there and I have to experience the elements,” says Rochester native Matt Barbaccia.
On any given day, you can find Barbaccia on his bike, training. Even though conditions aren’t ideal in February, he’s getting ready for a cross country Ride4Parkinsons.
“My Uncle has Parkinson’s disease and he’s had it for over 16 years now. So it’s been a major part of my life growing up, seeing him struggle with that condition. It’s been a motivation for me, for my family, and it’s getting me through a lot of the hard work I have to do to see this through.”
Barbaccia is working with the Michael J Fox Foundation on Team Fox. He spends most of his days planning his trip, promoting the cause, getting sponsors and asking for donations.
While his 75 days or so on a bike traveling 4,000 miles will be tough, Barbaccia says the hard work is now, making sure he raises at least $50,000 and bringing awareness to Parkinson’s Disease.
“The way I see it, I can get on a bike and I can do something like this. There’s a lot of people that don’t even have that ability, just because of their conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease. That’s really a motivation for me.”
To learn more about the cause, Barbaccia’s trip, and how you can help click here.
You can also attend the send of party at the Thirsty Turtle Sports Bar in Victor from 5 to 8 p.m. on February 21st.