InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
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It’s been about a decade since talks began connecting Parkinson’s and boxing therapy. Doctors tell us why it’s a winning combination. President of TeamHealth Ambulatory Care, Dr. Joseph Chow, said,” The exercise needs to focus on aerobic activity, some strength training and balance, and stretching. So with boxing, you almost have a perfect combination with all three.”
Dean Eoannou coached some of the most successful boxers to come out of Buffalo. Now he’s putting that life aside. He’s taking on new students whose fight extends beyond the ring. Eoannou has been training world champion for 15 years. That includes Ringside World Champion and Golden Gloves National Champion Wendy Casey. Casey said, “If he wasn’t there I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now.”
Oliver and her peers in the support group have grown so close that they formed a team, Young Stiffs Shaking It Up, that is participating in Saturday’s National Parkinson Foundation’s fifth annual Moving Day Chicago walk for Parkinson’s, taking place in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.
Lynn Braunn has PD. Her three children and two sons-in-law started a Moving Day® Chicago team to support her called “Moving for Mom” and have about 100 participants, making it the largest team.
“ACADIA is proud to partner with the National Parkinson Foundation in providing caregivers with support, education and access to much-needed resources,” said Steve Davis, ACADIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Scott Rider has PD and keeps moving. He was a 1982 NCAA Track and Field All-American and is interviewed about how his training helps with his PD and being a part of Moving Day® Columbus.
This weekend NPF WNY will host its fifth annual Moving Day®. More than 1,000 people are expected to fill the centerfield pavilion in Coca Cola Field.
Moving Day® Buffalo is just around the corner and Youngstown volunteer Robert “Bob” Russell is on the move himself, despite the daily challenges he faces living with PD.
“The reason why it’s so hard-fought is that there are some people who believe that this is the drug that could be the first to demonstrate an ability to slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease,” a potentially towering achievement, said Peter Schmidt, senior vice president of the National Parkinson Foundation, a smaller charity that also funds research.
"The MAR-JCC, together with the Herbert Kay Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) that supports its Wellness program, embraced the idea," Enslein said. Although Enslein mentioned that the NPF gave them a grant for this program, they still needed more money to get the program up and running for a year so she reached out to the community at large for financial support.