Sunflower Rev It Up for Parkinson’s is Sept. 10

Two couples focus on living and making a difference

When Steve Hammoor and Mark Wilmers get together there are a lot of smiles and laughter. At a recent lunch, Mark shared stories of a trip to France, and Steve recounted a daughter’s wedding.

This tight friendship extends to their wives, Becky Hammoor and Juli Wilmers. The couples met through their fundraising efforts for Sunflower Rev It Up for Parkinson’s, a walk and bike ride raising funds for the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute’s James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

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The Hammoors and Wilmers met through Rev It Up for Parkinson's.

Steve and Mark point out that their friendship, while based on a mutual understanding, is also about savoring life.

“It’s not all death and misery,” Steve says of his diagnosis. “It’s living.”

“When you share a diagnosis, you understand each other,” adds Mark.

The Hammoors and the Wilmers have collectively raised $500,000 for Parkinson’s research and education through their teams, Cool Beans and Hamm and Wilmer’s Warriors. They are joining forces this year at the Research for Parkinson’s fundraiser powered by “Cool Beans and Hamm” and “Wilmer’s Warriors” at the Silver Spring House, 8322 E. Kemper Road, 2-4 p.m., Aug. 27. Proceeds will benefit the UC Gardner Neuroscience Center.

Becky Hammoor says not only has the Sunflower community provided them with lifelong friends – they know their fundraising efforts drive advances in research and care. 

Past projects that Rev It Up for Parkinson’s have helped fund include:

  • Treating orthostatic hypotension in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Understanding the genetics of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
  • Understanding and treating depression and apathy in Parkinson’s and harnessing the power of the placebo effect.
  • Studying the effects of cholesterol-lowering agents on Parkinson’s disease.
  • Research into alpha synuclein solubility and how that can translate into possible disease-modifying therapies.

Learn more, donate or register for Sunflower Rev It Up for Parkinson’s at

Featured image at top: Steve Hammoor and Mark Wilmers. Photo/Provided. 

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