Everyone does. The 88-year-old rows every day. It keeps his Parkinson’s at bay — and gives him the strength and energy to run a foundation, Nevah Surrendah! (It’s named for Winston Churchill’s famous vow.)
At the beginning of this summer, Alex’s coach asked him if he could follow behind Paul in a safety launch. Of course, the 2011 Staples graduate said.
They’ve been a team ever since.
Every day Alex carries Paul’s boat, helps him in, and follows behind. He watches admiringly as Paul goes out and back, 1000 meters, like clockwork.
“It’s so awesome to see an 88-year-old out there. He’s rowing and fighting Parkinson’s,” Alex says. “And he’s so interesting to talk to.”
Alex asks about Paul’s amazing life (including the 4 languages he speaks).
Paul asks about Alex’s life as a rising sophomore at George Washington University (including his rowing career there).
“It’s been a humbling experience,” Alex says.
“I just hope when I’m that old, I’m half as active as Paul.”