FAIRMONT — Rock Steady Boxing of North Central West Virginia is helping community members fight back against Parkinson’s disease while having fun.
Co-owner of the North Central West Virginia affiliate of the Rock Steady Boxing, James Salai, said a main purpose of the program is give these people a life again.
For several class attendees Monday at the Fairmont Healthplex, this program has done just that for them in a rather short period of time.
One class attendee, Charles Serange, said he has seen progress in everyone in the class.
“I have seen progress in every person here,” he said. “You get out what you put in it, so it is up to you how much you want to do.”
In the two to three months he has been participating, Serange said he has seen an improvement in himself.
“I couldn’t even do one sit-up, and now I can do more,” he said. “This really is a good program because I have had Parkinson’s now for about four years, and when I go to the doctors they just ask if I am doing OK and send me home.”
Another participant, Jim Paugh, has been able to get out of his wheelchair and move around with a cane, Salai said.
“(The program) helps you feel better about yourself,” Paugh said. “It seems like it helps your stamina. I don’t get as tired as I used to and I can tell the difference…”