InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
Chicago Tribune: Parkinson's Patients Find Help at Willowbrook Fitness Facility
A lot of people have their hearts in the right place when it comes to raising money or awareness for a cause that is near and dear to them. For Kevin Burkhart, he's not only talking the talk about trying to wipe out Parkinson's Disease, he's walking the walk (right out of a plane, as it were).
Though Wisconsin skydiver Kevin Burkart fell short of completing his goal of 300 jumps in 24 hours on Wednesday, he still managed to accomplish another feat: raising $130,000 for Parkinson's disease research.
"A direct link from Parkinson's to sepsis is a long jump. However, there are several features of Parkinson's -- especially later in the course of the illness -- that can place a patient at higher risk for [developing] an infection, which can get into the bloodstream and cause them to become septic," said Dr. Michael S. Okun, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation.
Dr. Christopher Hess talked by video from the University of Florida in Gainesville about Parkinson’s disease and its impact on over one million people in the U.S. following the death of boxer Muhammad Ali, who fought a 32-year battle with the disease. The program opened with a video clip of Lonnie Ali testifying about research into the disease at a May 22, 2002, Senate hearing. Dr.
Dr. Michael Okun of the National Parkinson Foundation said as a prominent African-American Parkinson’s patient, Ali played an especially valuable role as an advocate. “I think he was a real example for the African-American community and brought a lot of awareness for them about Parkinson’s, but there are still significant barriers to care,” Okun said.
“It’s the most complex disease in clinical medicine because it’s not actually one disease,” says Michael S. Okun, MD, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation and the administrative director at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration at the University of Florida. “It’s a group of more than 20 motor and non-motor symptoms.
Tenía 42 años y los síntomas habían afectado completamente un lado de su cuerpo, una asimetría producto de la enfermedad que se mantuvo a lo largo de los años, según comentó a Univision Noticias el doctor Michael S. Okun, director médico nacional de la National Parkinson Foundation.
Dr. Michael Okun, medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, notes that “there is still a big gap in our knowledge. Researchers have found that people hit in the head repeatedly are more likely to develop Parkinson’s, so there is something to it. But to assign causation is still too premature.”
Fightland spoke with Dr. Michael S. Okun, chairman of neurology at the University of Florida, national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, and the author of books including 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease.
While Muhammad Ali knocked out a slew of boxing greats inside the ring, his toughest battle was that against Parkinson’s disease. Michael Okun from the National Parkinson Foundation, explains the disease and shares how he personally worked with Muhammad Ali during his battle.