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Muhammad Ali and Former NBA Star Brian Grant Aren’t The Only Black Faces of Parkinson’s Disease. Join Me At A “Zumbathon” On Oct. 23rd In Long Island, New York To Support An Important Cause


I didn't know much about Parkinson's Disease until my friend, Beth Hochstein, revealed to me that she had the disease. To me, it was a disease for older people with Michael J. Fox as a noted exception.

But Parkinson's Disease and early onset PD is a growing problem. About 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, with more than half a million Americans affected at any given time.

I've seen Beth struggle with movement until her morning meds kick in. I've seen Beth work it out using dance therapy and teaching Zumba as an important part of her treatment.

What I haven't seen is more brown faces supporting research and awareness of this disease. Granted, studies have said African Americans have a lower incidence of PD, but recently newer research suggests those numbers may be due to late or misdiagnosis.

And while we know of Muhammad Ali and his courageous battle with PD… Check out this video link by my girls over at Moms in the City, where Laila Ali shares how she will discuss her father's disease with her kids…we don't see much else in our community.

That's why I've been really impressed by another younger African American with Parkinson's Disease–former NBA star, Brian Grant, who in 12 seasons in the NBA played for the Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Lakers and Phoenix Suns.

Grant went public with his PD diagnosis in 2009, and now works with the Michael J Fox foundation and Team Fox  and his own Brian Grant Foundation and his Powering Forward initiative to empower people with PD to live full lives.

I like that!

That's why MochaManual is helping sponsor an important Zumbathon "Dance Party for Parkinsons" fundraiser on October 23rd in Long Island, New York to help raise money and awareness for PD. Two hours of Zumba (I'm so addicted to Zumba!) plus massages, cupcakes, designer fashions and beverages sponsored by FUZE. Get more info at www.dancepartyforparkinsons.com


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