Parkinson's can't stop Tulsa man from making people smile
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
David Winn had a pretty normal life.
A passion for basketball and a beautiful family. He had everything to live for.
But his wife, Kim Winn, said things started to change about seven years ago.
"He started having a dragging foot, and we started to notice some things that were slow moving," said Winn.
Winn said David was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and life as he knew it came to a screeching halt.
"It definitely changed our lives," said Winn. "He was pretty quickly unable to function at work and work on a regular basis."
But David isn't one to give up.
His dad taught him that.
"Never give up. You can give out, but don't give up," said David.
About a year ago, David decided to travel to a place that would change his life for a second time.
The end of his driveway.
Now, just about every day, you can find him right there, just a short distance from Jenks West Elementary, bringing smiles to kids and parents as they make their way home from school.
All with a simple wave of the hand, a salute, or a tip of the hat.
"It's fun to see people smile," said David.
It's caught on with the kids,
Even the parents love it.
For David, it's more than just something to do. It's a way to reach out to people, the best way he can.
"You never know what someone is going through," said David.
Winn said in true David fashion, her husband has no plans to quit.
"Oh, why stop:? Why stop? We're just going to keep going," said Winn.
Winn said they may need to downsize homes soon, but she'd like to stay on the same street for David's sake.