This April, Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington, located at PEAK Athletics will join millions in observing Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington gives those living with Parkinson’s disease hope today by offering a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine proving to dramatically improve their quality of life.

Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington will offer an open house and free week of classes April 22-26 to promote awareness and education about Parkinson’s disease during the annual observance. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-12pm for all levels and Saturday from 1015am-11:15am for Level 1-2.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease and more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. “There is strong evidence from clinical research studies that exercise helps Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady Boxing is a proven exercise technique that can be helpful to people with Parkinson’s,” said Dr. Steven Gunzler, a neurologist for University Hospitals and assistant professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University. Rock Steady Boxing serves participants at all stages of Parkinson’s – from the newly diagnosed to those who have been living with the disease for decades.

“Parkinson’s Awareness Month not only raises awareness about the disease our Rock Steady Boxers live with every day, but also shines a light on their incredible tenacity in ‘fighting back’ against the disease. We are about more than just one class or one program; Rock Steady’s mission is to provide hope and better quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease worldwide,” said Mike Wilson of Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington.

Rock Steady Boxing affiliates are independently owned and operated. To learn more about Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington, please contact Mike Wilson at 843.424.4575, NCWilmington@RSBaffiliate.com or Ryan Gillespie at PEAK Athletics 910-399-7220 or ryan@peakathleticsnc.com. For additional resources and to learn more about the overall organization, please visit Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. at www.rocksteadyboxing.org/.

About Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington
Rock Steady Boxing of Wilmington started in 2016 with just one person attending class and now has blossomed into an average of 18 boxers a day and growing. Classes are hosted at PEAK Athletics at 6506 Market St in Wilmington, North Carolina and coached by Mike Wilson, Val Wilson, Ryan Gillespie, Jim Cosper and Sheryl Johnson