Weaver, 61, was diagnosed in the summer of 2004 after his sister noticed a change in his gait.
"I thought it was from a sprained ankle," Weaver said during a phone interview. "I had stumbled on a rock in the driveway of our new home."
During a subsequent physical, Weaver's doctor noticed that the swing of his left arm was more rigid than the right. Neurologists in Blacksburg and Charlottesville performed additional tests and agreed on the diagnosis.
Parkinson's is an incurable, chronic and progressive disease of the nervous system. Symptoms include tremors, usually in the hands, muscle stiffness and impaired balance.
As many as one million Americans have the illness, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's Web site (pdf.org). Actor Michael J. Fox and former boxing champion Muhammad Ali are among the celebrities battling Parkinson's.
"I feel fine," Weaver said. "I take a pill three times a day and notice little if any difference. It appears to be progressing very slowly. Now and again I have tremors in my left arm."
Weaver has served as Tech's athletic director since September, 1997. The hallmarks of his tenure include upgrading the school's sports facilities, especially the football stadium.
"My little guy (son Craig) is 5," Weaver said Wednesday. "If I can work another 10 years, that takes me until he's in high school. That doesn't mean I'll definitely work that long, but I hope I can." *