Welcome to Jac's Personal Page
For those of you who don't know me but just stumbled on this page I am a professor of economics and diagnosed with Parkinson's four years ago. I am participating in Moving Day Winston-Salem - Virtual Walk, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation. Among other activities, the Foundation supports a variety of programs and groups, including the Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) clinics that I participate in.
As the name suggests, on Moving Day we will stress moving. Movement is very important for Parkinson's. Muscles constrict and do not release. It feels like being tied down by weights. Muscle memory is lost and actions that used to be automatic become very unnatural. Coordination is problematic. Simple tasks such as getting up from a chair, holding a pen, or maintaining balance become challenging. But giving in and remaining idle will only allow faster progression of the disease. Through RSB, Think Big, and other movement programs as well as continued physical therapy, we are fighting back. The more we move, and the more challenging the movements we attempt, the more we slow down the inevitable. And although I am still a long way from "normal", there are some things I can do today that at one point I had given up on.
Moving Day is about spreading information, raising funds, and celebrating our accomplishments. There will be a variety of movement activities but the focus for my group is on boxing, stretching and other forms of torture, also known as exercise. It's not always fun but it is crucial. And we have the greatest coaches you could imagine. Coach Kelly and Coach Lori are the reason most of us are here. So consider being a part of our team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved. You could use the exercise too.
Thank you in advance for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson's Foundation.
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