Manhattan cyclist rides in honor of his father, to bring awareness to Parkinsons

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Matthew Schindler is a man on a mission. A mission that requires rolling around Kansas on two wheels.

Schindler is riding through Kansas during this Parkinsons Awareness Month, to spread that message one town at a time. He's riding in memory of his father Dale, whom he lost in 1995 when Matt was 22.

At 41, Matthew learned of his familial Parkinsons diagnosis.. but says a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Brochures about his Memorial Bike Ride say "exercise is not a cure, but has been found to help slow down the progression of the disease. For me, it turned my life around to the point I discovered I could ride my bicycle again and even participate in some weekly boxing classes."

"Riding the bike, I feel normal. That and support group members have really lifted me up," he told us as he rolled to WIBW-TV Friday to appear on the Red Couch Show.

Matt has biked to Hays, Great Bend, Hutchinson, Wichita and on to Topeka in his quest to speak up on Parkinsons. He says it not a fundraiser, but wouldn't turn down that idea later on.