Abington Journal

Boxer George Stonier advocates for Parkinson’s disease awareness

TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater will host a free presentation, entitled “Parkinson’s and the Power of Exercise,” at 11 a.m. April 7 for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with the disease, with more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative movement disorder that can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. A necessary way to fight the disease is exercise, which has been shown to slow its progression.

George Stonier, boxer and assistant coach of Rock Steady Boxing, will share his journey with Parkinson’s. Kathy Reap, Rock Steady Boxing coach, will talk about the effect of high-intensity exercise on Parkinson’s disease. Kristina Dorkoski, from Allied/John Heinz, will discuss Parkinson’s wellness recovery and Maureen Pascal, from Misericordia University, will present her students’ research on Parkinson’s and exercise.

All four speakers will hold a question and answer session after the presentation.

Free tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 570-996-1500.

George Stonier and Kathy Reap, both of Rock Steady Boxing, will speak at the Dietrich Theater’s free presentation, ‘Parkinson’s and the Power of Exercise,’ scheduled for 11 a.m. April 7 at the theater.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_ABJ-Parkinsons.jpgGeorge Stonier and Kathy Reap, both of Rock Steady Boxing, will speak at the Dietrich Theater’s free presentation, ‘Parkinson’s and the Power of Exercise,’ scheduled for 11 a.m. April 7 at the theater. Submitted photo