Dad Was In His Late 30s When They First Noticed Symptoms

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —The 21st Parkinson’s Unity Walk takes place on Saturday, April 25th in Central Park. Registration booths open at 8:30 a.m. and this gentle 1.4 mile walk will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the 72nd Street bandshell.

In addition to raising awareness and funds for research, it also a day of community and education.  You can visit informational booths which will include healthcare experts and meet with representatives from sponsors and foundations sharing information and resources with members of the Parkinson’s community. Walkers need to register but if you just want to attend and get free information and advice from doctors, there’s no need to register.

In an interview with 1010 WINS Radio, Maryum “May May” Ali, the daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, tells 1010 WINS’ Sharon Barnes-Waters that her  father was in his late 30s when they began to notice some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Doctors thought it was just the normal “punch drunkenness” that a lot of boxers get. As a result, her father was misdiagnosed for almost 10 years.

As an advocate for more research for Parkinson’s,  Ali is telling this very personal story about the journey her father and her family has been on for the last 30 years, beginning with his symptoms in the early days to his eventual diagnosis to his life today.

For more information  on this Saturday’s unity walk  call 866-789-9255 or visit their website .