Rock Steady Boxing is coming to The Miller Center! A generous $5,167 gift from Senior Helpers of Sunbury makes this the first program in the region of its kind, which helps sufferers of Parkinson’s disease by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum. The first class will be on July 10, 2018.
Bobbi Emanuel, owner of Senior Helpers, said, “When I visited The Miller Center, I noticed that many people inside the organization had been personally touched by Parkinson’s disease. It’s very rare to find an agency where everyone, from the board, to staff members, to volunteers, have the heart and drive to help those with Parkinson’s. In the case of The Miller Center, it extends throughout the entire team. That brings a compassion and empathy that can’t be taught.”
Emanuel, who operates the Sunbury-based location with co-owner John Emanuel, says they provide varying levels of care to elderly clients in the surrounding 5-county area. She elaborated on what this program means to Senior Helpers caregivers, clients and leadership. “The number one thing this brings to us is the opportunity to touch more people. We were told one member drives an hour and a half to come to the Miller Center to participate in a Parkinson’s class because there is nothing like this close to his home. The more we can help educate volunteers, family, professional caregivers, and most of all, the general community, the better it will be. 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. Like most neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s Disease effects everyone associated with the person who has the disease. Through our work with the Miller Center, we hope to assist with education and support all involved.”
Cindy Murphy, Rock Steady Boxing certified instructor, added “I’m so honored and grateful for this gift from Senior Helpers. Their generosity will enable us to purchase equipment needed to offer Rock Steady Boxing classes and allow me to pursue my dream of bringing hope to those in our community who suffer from Parkinson’s. I have already seen the health benefits that our PWR!Moves for Parkinson’s classes have had on those participating. I’ve also witnessed the comradery, encouragement and new friendships built among the participants as well as their caregivers. Adding Rock Steady Boxing will give people with Parkinson’s another exercise option to choose from.”
A special media event will take place at 9 AM on July 10, 2018 just before the inaugural class kicks off at 10 AM. Interviews, photo opportunities and demonstrations will take place. RSVP for the July 10 media event to email@example.com.