Hey there! Thanks for stopping to read about why I want to raise money for the LDBF Boxing for Parkinson's Foundation.
For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to learn to box, but there was always another reason that I couldn't start... how would I find the time? Where would I train? Could I take the time away from my young kids? Yup, I had all of the excuses in the world. Then one day, I just started. I found a coach, made an appointment and just did it. I quickly fell in love with the sport and I often say it saves me from myself. I'm a high-stress perfectionist, but boxing gave me an outlet for my pent-up energy, improved my fitness level and dramatically reduced my anxiety.
When I asked my trainer, Bryan, why he started boxing, he told me about being diagnosed with Parkinson's-like symptoms as a teenager. My jaw dropped listening to him. I was shaken by his story of being unable to control his movements, the painful surgeries and the frustrating lack of answers. His doctor at the time suggested non-contact boxing and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Bryan and the LDBF Boxing for Parkinson's team lead classes for hundreds of Parkinson's patients around metro Atlanta. Through them, I've watched men and women, some of them in their 80s and 90s, show up for boxing classes every. single. week. They're committed! Sometimes they show up with a cane or walker in hand, other times after mourning the loss of a spouse or friend, but they always show up. I can't think of a better way to show my admiration for their relentless dedication than to help raise money for the cause! https://www.boxingforparkinsons.org/
Every dollar matters and I'm so grateful for your support!
How prevalent is Parkinsons?
- More than 10 million people worldwide are currently living with Parkinson's
- 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year
- An unknown number of people experience Parkinson's-like symptoms with related or no diagnosis
- Parkinson's is marked by symptoms like tremors, constrained movements, speech and writing changes, and rigid muscles
How does boxing help?
- People with Parkinson’s disease who start exercising earlier experience a slowed decline in quality of life compared to those who start later.
- Some other early studies suggest that continuous, intensive training may provide neuro-protection, and subsequently slow, stop, or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s or promote neuro-restoration
- A 2011 Study in the Journal of Physical Therapy showed improvements in walking, balance, performance of daily activities and quality of life
- Group and community-based exercise is proven incredibly effective, especially for older (65+) populations