By 2020, more than one million people in the United States will be living with Parkinson's Disease. Each year, 60,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. Here in Lincoln, people with Parkinson's have found hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing program.
Ryan Mohling first heard about Rock Steady Boxing while watching 10/11 in 2015, "On CBS Sunday Morning we watched a piece by Lesley Stahl where she interviewed her husband who is fighting back against Parkinson's."
Ryan is a City of Lincoln Athletic Supervisor who brought this Indianapolis-based program to Lincoln in 2016, "It's really inspirational to come in and see the fighters fighting back against something there isn't a cure for."
John Coffey was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2014 and he has enjoyed his time at Rock Steady Boxing, "You get to release a little bit of anxiety and stress and punch on it. You either add a little bit of good humor to it and you work out with it or you let it consume you and that's not who I am."
This forced intense exercise is the only treatment that has been medically proven to fight back against the progression of Parkinson's.
Ryan says there are nearly 3,000 people in Lancaster County who identify as having Parkinson's, but not even one percent of those people are taking advantage of this important program...
If you're interested in finding out more, call the Air Park Rec Center or go to rocksteadyboxing.org