BYRON CENTER, Mich. — On Saturday, October 14, individuals will gather to participate in the annual Parkinson Hero Walk hosted by the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. The event promises a scenic walk around Meijer Gardens, and registration will commence at 9 AM. Michigan Parkinson Foundation CEO Kristin Rossi revealed that a remarkable 500 participants have already registered for this year’s walk, marking a historic turnout. Furthermore, the organization has raised nearly $70,000, setting a new fundraising record.
One inspiring walker among the participants is Amy Hooyer, who received a Parkinson’s diagnosis 11 years ago at the age of 45. Amy emphasizes the crucial role of movement in the lives of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Rock Steady Boxing, a global fitness initiative, shares Amy’s belief in the power of movement. Its core mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease through non-contact boxing. Notably, Amy Hooyer established Michigan’s inaugural Rock Steady Boxing facility, which is situated in Byron Center. She graciously demonstrated some of the exercises that have proven to be immensely beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s during an exclusive session with the 13 ON YOUR MORNING team.
In addition to in-person activities, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation extends its support through a series of free virtual exercise classes conducted six days a week. Comprehensive information about these classes can be found on their official website, providing an accessible resource for Parkinson’s patients seeking to improve their physical health and well-being.’