February 15th, 2016 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director
Research has shown that exercise is beneficial to those living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and we hear regularly from our walkers about the wide range of exercise that they are participating in. One program that is sweeping the country, having grown to 93 affiliate locations in 28 states in the US, is Rock Steady Boxing (RSB).
The RSB organization will receive the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award at this year’s Unity Walk. The RSB – New England affiliate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island will perform a demonstration at the Walk in April and was recently featured on Channel 12 Eyewitness News, the local WCBS and Fox News affiliate in RI. Check out the news feature about RSB in their community, featuring Rich Gingras, the owner of Fight2Fitness and RSB trainer.
We look forward to your joining us at the 72nd Street Bandshell stage in Central Park on April 23rd when we get to observe first hand how these folks are fighting back at PD!
December 23rd, 2015 by Parkinson's Unity Walk Team
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season filled with good times shared with family and friends.
The Parkinson’s Unity Walk Staff
November 19th, 2015 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director
We here at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk are grateful to YOU for your commitment, and generous support of research that will take us closer to finding the cause and cure for Parkinson’s disease. Whether you walk in Central Park, support the Walk with your donation, and/or fundraise on behalf of this event, we thank you for being part of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk “family.”
Wishing you and yours a satisfying and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
July 29th, 2015 by Guest Blogger
Doug Nemeth was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ten years ago and has participated in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk since 2009 as a member of “Livin’ La Levodopa.” Doug believes resilience is one of the factors that contribute to his living well with Parkinson’s disease and recently shared this story.
Nearly 45 years ago, my parents gave me a small stick of a lemon tree as a gift. It survived high school, went with me to college and survived the move from Florida to Florence, NJ. It survived six moves in the Reading area of Pennsylvania, one during a Halloween snowstorm. It survived severe drought outside in the summer especially when we went on vacation. I always hired a local teenager to water the tree in my absence but inevitably the youth hired to do the job felt that a one minute rain shower was adequate for the 3’ tree until we returned home a week later, in spite of daily temperatures of 95 degrees. The tree always rebounded when it saw me and the hose. It survived me waiting until Thanksgiving to bring it inside after barely enduring freezing temperatures. Everyone who knows me well knows I have this lemon tree a very long time! They also probably have enjoyed lemonade from my lemon tree or at least a squeeze of lemon in their water or tea. The tree has yielded countless bushels of lemons over the years and has had over 25 full size lemons on it at any one time.
By this past winter, it was obvious that time had taken its toll. The lemon tree lost all of its leaves during an early frost. I forgot I put it in the guest bedroom – my cognitive functioning is fading due to my living with Parkinson’s disease – and the tree was apparently dead after six weeks of “drought” at my own hand. In late April, with no one wanting to even mention the lemon tree, I put it out to its final resting place. At the last minute, I decided to repot it. It was lifeless…rotted roots and no green anywhere but I decided to do it anyway. Everyone chuckled about the dead tree in my garden. Two months later, after having been without leaves for eight months, the tree is starting to push out growth everywhere. It is nothing short of a miracle. If that tree can live through that, I can certainly live with Parkinson’s disease. That lemon tree has taught me about resilience. It is a family heirloom. My son, Zach says the only thing he wants of mine after I’m gone is the lemon tree. Take good care of it Zach and continue to learn from it.
“Livin’ La Levodopa”
April 30th, 2015 by Helaine Isaacs, Event Director
Congratulations to Rachel Kane, team member of Team Big Daddy Kane for winning the social media contest on Walk Day by submitting her photo on Instagram and tagging it with #puw2015 @unitywalk. The Unity Walk will send Rachel a hooded PUW sweatshirt that she plans on giving to her dad.
We are grateful to Rachel and all our walkers who raised awareness of the Unity Walk and PD by posting their Walk photos and favorite moments.
View additional Walk moments that were captured by participants by checking out the hashtag feed #puw2015.