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CityViews With Muhammad Ali’s Daughter Sheds Light On Upcoming Parkinson’s Unity Walk

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — In this edition of CityViews, Sharon Barnes-Waters sheds some light on the upcoming 23rd annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

The walk, organized by the Parkinson’s Alliance, is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease research in the country.

It kicks off this Saturday, April 22 in Central Park.

Sitting down with Barnes-Waters to tell us more about the disease and the fundraiser is Maryum “May May” Ali, daughter of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Carol Walton, executive director of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, and Bettina Chavanne, a Parkinson’s patient.

“My father, being an optimistic person, that was his nature, but it really served him with PD. But he had his ups and downs also,” Ali says. “And I think the biggest message with him is he lived his life with Parkinson’s. He had Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s didn’t have him.”

They also talk about the power of connecting with other patients and increasing awareness.

“A lot of people who I’ve met that are my age don’t talk about, because they’re worried about losing their jobs, or some stigma attached to it, or maybe they don’t have a supportive system,” Chavanne says. “So I was really lucky in that the community I was in was naturally inquisitive and supportive.”

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder that affects more than one million people in the country.

To learn more about the Parkinson’s Unity Walk and how you can help, visit


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  1. My grandma had Parkinson’s disease, she is about 80 years old it was detected 7 years ago. Right now it’s getting more difficult to live for her, because of stiff muscles she can’t even move. L-dopa and carbidopa medicines are given, but won”t give much relief. She can”t eat food and the skin is damaging forming ganglia. This is may be the last stage of disease.. nothing was really working to help her condition. Finally she started on parkinson’s herbal formula i purchased from Health Herbal Clinic, i read alot of positive reviews from other patients who used the parkinson’s herbal treatment. she used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks, its effects on parkinson’s is amazing, all her symptoms gradually faded away, she feed very more freely by herself now! (Visit www. healthherbalclinic. weebly. com) I recommend this parkinson’s herbal formula for all Parkinson’s Patients.

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