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Strike Clubs

I’m 71 years young and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago. I was feeling fine - working, running, living my life as normal. One day my husband asked me “How come when you are walking only your right arm swings and your left arm doesn’t?” I then went online only to discover that it is a sign of Parkinson’s disease (PD).  I also discovered that the loss of sense of smell was one of the first signs of PD, which I had experienced for years. My dad was diagnosed late in his life, so Parkinson’s wasn’t completely new to me.

After I was diagnosed I guess I went into a state of denial. I only told my family the truth. When people at work would ask why my hand was shaking I responded with “too much coffee.” It took me six years to tell everyone.

After speaking to a few doctors, their one piece of consistent advice was exercise! exercise!  I have been exercising for the last 40 years so I feel I was ahead of the game. I started boxing and truly felt better after it. After much deliberation my brother Gary, my husband David and I decided to bring boxing to all PD patients and Strike Clubs was born.

Gary volunteered at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in 2016 and was so impressed with the spirit, camaraderie and the feeling of hope, that he came home saying we have to get involved. We then formed our own team, Strike Clubs in 2017. We were 25 strong on Walk day and raised almost $18,000! We had an amazing experience in spite of the cold and rainy weather. We are committed to making this year even more successful and we’re off to a great start!

We’re looking forward to April 28th. Let’s knock out Parkinson’s!!!

Donna Leipzig
Team Captain, Strike Clubs




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