The Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness is a non-profit community-based resource with the goal of enhancing community health and wellness through education, empowerment and partnerships. Through service, sustainability and collaboration, the Miller Center’s goal is to fill existing community health and wellness needs.
With the growing number of Parkinson’s diagnoses within our community and the lack of programming, The Miller Center, in partnership with PWR! Moves, Rock Steady Boxing and Cycling for Parkinson’s, desires to create a place of holistic support for those dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
“Class instructor Cindy Murphy and her helpers made it a smooth transition for all of us as we became reacquainted with muscles we hadn’t used for years. The effort each individual patient – and instructor – put into the class was well worthwhile. It’s a blessing for so many of us Parkinson’s patients who aren’t comfortable driving long distances to have such an opportunity for these classes nearby.”
“Through Parkinson’s Programming at The Miller Center, we discovered we are not alone and that people care.”
“My Parkinson’s class at The Miller Center gave me direction for future work to improve my fitness level.”
“PWR!Moves™ gave me the opportunity to meet other people with Parkinson’s and see how they deal with it and its limitations.”
“The Parkinson’s PWRMoves! Wellness Recovery program was so effective at resolving my problems that I decided to work with Miller Center personal trainer Cindy Murphy one-on-one to maximize the benefits of exercise. I believe that I am more mobile and independent now, at 78 years old, than I was earlier in my journey thanks to Cindy and The Miller Center.”
Currently, there are as many as one million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease and approximately 60,000 Americans diagnosed each year. In the Greater Susquehanna Valley, there are 4,000+ people under the current care of Geisinger Health Systems with Parkinson’s disease not including those additional patients under the care of Evangelical Hospital of Lewisburg or UMPC Susquehanna. The nearest Parkinson’s programs, similar to The Miller Center’s proposed program, are over 100 miles away.
In partnership with Geisinger MyCode, all Geisinger patients are encouraged to participate in the Geisinger MyCode program. The MyCode program performs a genetic screening of its participants with the goal of finding a genetic marker for Parkinson’s disease. Identifying the genetic marker could mean earlier diagnosis and ideally a cure for Parkinson’s. It is our hope that our partnership with Geisinger MyCode reaches well beyond our local community and creates a much larger lasting impact than just caring for the effects of the disease.
Through Parkinson’s Programming at The Miller Center, we have the potential to reach and assist with the care of over 1,500 people living with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. To help us create a holistic community of support and research for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their families, we are asking for your financial partnership.
All classes are coached by Cindy Murphy, NSCA, CPT. For more information and to register by phone, call The Miller Center at 570-556-4191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Several years ago, at the age of 45, my best friend was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It became my desire and my vision to help my friend and as many people as possible who have received a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Over the past several years, I began researching and educating myself about this disease and the positive effects that exercise can have on someone with this illness. With my background as a fitness specialist and my accreditations as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I have been able to expand my knowledge by obtaining additional certifications which allow me to instruct PWR!Moves for Parkinson’s as well as Cycling for Parkinson’s and Rock Steady Boxing.
It has been an amazing journey so far, and I am very excited and look forward to providing these programs to those diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It is an incredible opportunity to empower people who have this disease to positively improve their overall health and enable them to maintain an active lifestyle. “