April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. To help raise awareness of the disease and show the benefits of boxing to help minimize symptoms, check out this free event.

OLD FORGE, Pa. — Parkinson’s disease is considered one of the fastest growing neurological disorders in the world. Although the average age of diagnosis is usually around 60, some people are diagnosed earlier in life. Symptoms can range from tremors to speech and writing difficulties and more.

But health experts say the earlier a person starts a vigorous exercise program, the better their prognosis and quality of life by slowing the progression of this disease.

That’s why an upcoming free event at Rock Steady boxing of NEPA hopes to shine a light on how boxing can improve the life of someone living with Parkinson’s disease.

Rock Steady Boxing offers people with Parkinson’s a way to use a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness program to help minimize symptoms of the disease.

Rock Steady Boxing works with people of all ages, men and women, at all stages of their Parkinson’s disease.

Rock Steady Boxing NEPA is part of a national program headquartered in Indianapolis.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey stopped by Old Forge gearing up for the free event this weekend.

Kathy Reap owns a Rock Steady Boxing branch in Old Forge and Tunkhannock.

Kathy Reap started Rock Steady Boxing of NEPA in August 2016. Kathy has been a physical therapist for 30 years. Her husband, John, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a year and a half ago, which inspired her to start the gym.

Kathy said: “A lot of people think they’re not fit enough to get into a boxing program like ours or the other way around, that they don’t really feel the limiting effects of their Parkinson’s disease yet and they’ve been waiting to get started in. By getting people interested in our workshop with a demo course, they can “try it out” and see how it could benefit them and that there is a course designed specifically for whatever their situation.”

Kathy also thinks that many people with Parkinson’s who may have been quite isolated during this pandemic or who have just been diagnosed are unaware of programs like hers that could help them stay healthy. healthy and active much longer.

Free event Saturday April 9, 2022:

  • Workshop and demonstration course on Parkinson’s disease
  • Who can participate: Free and open to the community for anyone with Parkinson’s disease or friend/family of someone with Parkinson’s disease
  • Date hour : Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: NEPA’s Rocky Steady Boxing at 1 Maxson Drive in Old Forge.
  • What to expect: Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a real Rock Steady Boxing demonstration class while learning how the Rock Steady Boxing fitness program works, which includes exercises from the Parkinson Wellness Recovery program aimed at slowing down Parkinson’s disease and to keep moving in a fun and supportive environment.

Contact information:

  • kathy reap
    Owner/Head Trainer of Rock Steady Boxing
    Rock Steady Boxing Northeast PA
    Old Forge & Tunkhannock
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 570-817-4307
    Website: www.rsboxingnepa.com
  • RSB Northeast PA – Gym Headquarters
    1 Maxson player
    Old Forge, Pennsylvania 18518
  • RSB Northeast PA – Tunkhannock Location
    112 River Street
    Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania 18657

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If you don’t live in Old Forge, where the free event is taking place, you can find a Rock Steady Boxing affiliate by going to this link and typing in your zip code.

Another fundraising event:

Another ongoing event, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, is related to a fundraising campaign. It’s called Pushups 4 Parkinson’s.

According to Kathy of Rock Steady Boxing of NEPA, anyone in the audience can support the cause by doing 10 push-ups, donating $10 and challenging 10 family or friends to do the same. We want to get the message out to the public, and especially anyone with Parkinson’s disease or who knows someone with Parkinson’s disease, that there is hope and that they too can PUSH UP and fight against Parkinson’s disease. ”

The fundraiser has a goal of 10,000 push-ups and raises $10,000.

Anyone can participate, and they can do it from the comfort of their own home or gym. On Facebook, Kathy’s team will be posting videos of people doing their 10 push-ups anywhere in the community – at parks, local businesses, etc. We’ll also show people how anyone can do it by demonstrating various modified push-ups that anyone can perform.

How to make a donation :

Log on to www.my1010.org. Participants can register their 10 push-ups, donate $10, and challenge 10 friends or family to do the same. All pumps and donations made to www.my1010.org during the month of April 2022 will be credited towards the efforts of Rock Steady Boxing Northeast PA. Donations will support the local RSB program and the Parkinson’s Foundation.

More programs across the country for patients with Parkinson’s disease:

Click here to learn more about a program developed by a physiotherapist.