Phil Comar, of Michigan, lost his father in 2008 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Ever since, Comar has decided to raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease, and his method of raising money honors his father in a very unique way.
Comar is a motorcycle enthusiast, and he and his father would discuss long distance, hands-free riding. So, after his father passed away, Comar decided to raise money to fight Parkinson’s by riding hands-free on a charity ride.
Comar set the world record last year for longest hands-free motorcycle ride after he rode 588 miles without stopping or using his hands. He set out to break that record this year, and he raised over $1,300 in the process on his 1997 Harley-Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider.
He had broken his own world record several times in the last few years, and he’s raised over $26,000 in the process. He told WWMT in Michigan that he enjoys watching people’s reactions while they watch him ride down the road hands-free.
“Sometimes I get mouths open and they can’t believe what they’re seeing,” Comar said. “You can see them slow down, and pretty soon they’re riding beside me. Videotaping it on their phone or their camera, whatever they got with him.”
He said he decided to raise money after seeing how the disease affected his father over the course of his life.
“I watched him over the years diminish in his capacity, and the one thing I remember is that he just wouldn’t give up,” Comar said. “You are helpless at that time. I couldn’t change any of that, but I hope I can change someone else’s situation.”
You can donate to Comar’s cause here. He is trying to raise $5,000 this year for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
(h/t The Drive)