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April 2017 Entry

Stamp Out Parkinson's with Exercise

Patricia Slygh
Georgetown · DE
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Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for Parkinson’s, and its cause is unknown. While there are medications available to help manage the symptoms, exercise has been shown to help slow this progressive disease. Research shows that people with Parkinson's who exercise a minimum of 2.5 hours a week experience a slowed decline in quality of life. Part of our group's mission is to provide education and support to our members. We do this by sponsoring more than a dozen weekly exercise classes specifically designed for people with Parkinson's disease. We have been able to offer these classes free of charge and with your support can continue to do so.

How will you use the $10k?

In addition to using the funds to pay our certified trainers for each class they teach, we will use the funds to send one trainer to the Rock Steady Training Camp and one trainer to the PWR 4 Life Certified Trainer program. Both of these sessions will be conducted in the fall. We will also purchase additional equipment to be used in our exercise classes. For training, we will spend $3,000. The balance will cover new equipment ($3,000) as well as current exercise instructor fees for 6 months of Rock Steady Boxing ($4,000)

What impact do you hope to make?

We will be able to help our 400 members (people with Parkinson's and their spouse/caregiver) in Sussex County, DE fight Parkinson's disease. These exercise classes help with not only with the physical symptoms, but also with the social isolation that many people with Parkinson's face.

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Stamp Out Parkinson's with Exercise
Stamp Out Parkinson's with Exercise
Stamp Out Parkinson's with Exercise

Our "journey" is a continuing one, fighting to give people with Parkinson's disease a better quality of life. With these funds, we will be able to make more trained exercise professionals available to conduct specialized classes, purchase needed supplies such as boxing gloves, floor mats and other miscellaneous exercise equipment. Most importantly, these funds will allow us to continue to offer classes free of charge to our members.

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