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About Amy

Author of The Gratitude Connection: embrace the positive power of thanks

Rock the Vote

We’re still in the running for a $10,000 award from Safeco Insurance. To win, we need as many votes as possible. Please help us out by voting and spreading the word. It’s an easy way to help us make a huge impact on the lives of our friends with Parkinson’s.

Rick Baker and Davis Phinney

Rick Baker and Davis Phinney

  1. Remember to visit
  2. Look for this photo of Rick and Davis (it may be on the second page), and click on Read More.
  3. Then click on Vote Now.
  4. Type in the “captcha” code and hit enter.

 You can vote once each day until 10 a.m. PDT on Aug. 19!

Grand Island is going all out

Friends for Phinney team in front of Boulder High School

Davis Phinney, Tom Casey, Rick Baker, Kathleen Donohue and Kevin Cartin

In anticipation of the team’s arrival in Grand Island on Saturday, August 10, The Independent has published an in-depth article about the Friends for Phinney ride. The article highlights the work of the the Davis Phinney Foundation and how the ride is supporting the cause, “which provides information, tools and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s.”

Grand Island has a full agenda of events to welcome the team, including a meet and greet at Wayne Cyclery from 3-4pm on Saturday, lodging, and meals. The FFP team will give a presentation and an Every Victory Counts manual to the St. Francis Medical Center on Sunday 1:30-3:30pm.

Kathleen shines a light on Parkinson’s

KathleenIn an article in the North Platte Telegraph, Kathleen puts the focus on how the Davis Phinney Foundation helps people with Parkinson’s disease. She highlights how rural communities can benefit from the educational and research work that DPF is doing.

See the full article here:

Carl’s Scoop

Carl has taken The Scoop to a new level. He taught everyone at the Davis Phinney dinner last night. It was the best scoop ever. Watch it and you’ll want to scoop every day, too. Thanks, Carl!

(The video is a little shaky at the beginning, but worth watching to the end)

Make More Happen


Rick Baker and Davis Phinney

The Davis Phinney Foundation got a $2,000 donation from Safeco Insurance because Rick’s insurance company was honored with a Safeco Make More Happen Award for his work with Friends for Phinney.

The team could win $10,000 more  – and you can help. Vote for Rick Baker & Associates Insurance in the Safeco Insurance Make More Happen vote-off (no sign-up or e-mail required). You can vote every day through Aug. 19 at

Please share this with your network, so we can help the Davis Phinney Foundation with this award.

Thank you!

Down in the Valley

The team is riding from Durango to Del Norte today, where they’ll be welcomed with open arms again. The Valley Courier published an article about the team today, and the historic Windsor Hotel is hosting a fund raiser tonight at 6pm.

Special thanks to Laurie Two Dogs, a fellow Boulder High graduate and Davis Phinney friend, for her enthusiastic support of the team!

Durango welcome

Durango Photos

This photo of Durango is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Durango is going all out to greet the team today when they arrive. There’s a newspaper article, a reception at the Chamber of Commerce this afternoon, and a radio interview tomorrow on KDUR at 11:30am, MST. According to the Herald, “Bike shops have offered to make adjustments to the bicycles. The visitors also will get massages and visit Trimble Hot Springs. Kachina Kitchen will provide a free meal.”

Day One – the adventure begins

The team took off this morning from the pier in Oceanside, California. The first goal is Julian, 67 miles and a lot of steep hills away. They began by dipping their back tires in the Pacific. Over the next 42 days, they’ll traverse the U.S., reaching the waters of the Atlantic.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers – they’re off to a good start!

Thanks for a great kickoff!

Thank you to everyone who came to the 101 Cafe kickoff party today! It was a lot of fun and a huge success. Special thanks for the generosity and kindness of John Daley and his staff who took such good care of us, and to the Oceanside Bike and Pedestrian Committee and the local Parkinson’s support group who brought such a wonderful group of people to support us. Thanks to the friends and family who traveled long distances to give the team a boost for the start of the adventure.

California bound!

The team packed the trailer last night, with the help of a little beer and pizza and some good friends stopping by.

All of a sudden, it was done. Ready to go.
Tom took off this morning, picked up John (he’ll be the first support driver) and they’re halfway to California already! The ride starts Saturday, July 20th, in Oceanside, CA. If you’re close by, please come see them off on Friday evening at the 101 Cafe.