What began well over 6 years ago as a grass roots fundraising effort to provide support for people with Parkinson’s, has today evolved into a new program in Yakima, “Pedaling for Parkinson’s”.
A little over 6 months ago Pedaling for Parkinson’s was presented as an opportunity to formulate a program to assist those with Parkinson’s in the reduction in symptoms of the disease by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace. While not a cure for Parkinson’s, there is compelling evidence that shows that it does make a real difference for many who try it.
Initial discussions quickly evolved into a dynamic partnership between Virginia Mason Memorial’s Rehabilitation Services, the Yakima YMCA and The Memorial Foundation. The program, beginning on May 7, will be conducted at the Yakima YMCA. Volunteers have been recruited to work with class participants, the YMCA will be implementing the new program, and a Virginia Mason Memorial trainer will be on hand once a week to help new participants get started and to monitor the program.
All this brought to fruition by several determined, focused and committed community individuals – Tina Sawyer, Reverend Steve Schroeder, and Keith Fowler. Thank you for your vision.
The 12 week program will be held at the YMCA 3 days per week, for 1 hour sessions, for up to 15 participants. Those interested should call the Yakima YMCA at 248-1202.