THE DISEASE CAN TAKE A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL TOLL
-- BUT THERE'S A LOCAL GROUP TRYING TO SOFTEN THE
AND PROVIDE SOME SUPPORT.
AND DANNIKA LEWIS IS HERE WITH MORE.
WHETHER IT BE A FINISH LINE.
A FINAL SCORE.
A KNOCK OUT BELL...
BUT FOR OTHER KINDS OF FIGHTS.
THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT.
AND FOR THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S.
IT CAN FEEL LIKE YOU'RE FIGHTING ALONE.
THERE'S A GROUP OUT THERE PROVING.
THAT'S FAR FROM THE TRUTH.
JIMMY: 3128 I grew up with Ali.
I'm young enough or old enough where I grew up with
I mean he was the man.
THE GREATEST MAN TO GRACE THE RING ONCE SAID...
DON'T COUNT THE DAYS.
MAKE THE DAYS COUNT.
AS A FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER...
JIMMY HAHN SHARES HIS IDOL'S LOVE OF CONTACT...
HE HAD NO IDEA THEY WOULD SHARE A DIAGNOSIS.
JIMMY: 22__ Everything is different with Parkinson's.
There's no one set rules of what you have when you
say you've got Parkinson's.
ALL OF THESE ATHLETES HAVE
TO DEAL WITH THE UNPREDICTABILITY
SOME WERE AROUND FOR JOE DIMAGGIO'S FIRST HITS...
OTHERS WERE KIDS WHEN BART STARR WON HIS FIRST TWO
NO MATTER THEIR AGE.
THIS ROCK STEADY BOXING GROUP WORKS OUT TOGETHER TWICE
PATTI: 3503 And even if you watch people, some of
the people have a pretty major tremor.
When they get boxing, for some of them, that goes
away and they can really box, and that's pretty amazing.
PATTI BATT ALSO EMPHASIZES STANDING UP STRAIGHT.
SINCE PARKINSON'S CAN LEAD TO A STOOPED POSTURE.
THAT INVOLUNTARY SLOUCHING CAN SHRINK THE DIAPHRAM
AND MAKE VOICES A LOT QUIETER...
ten, nine, eight...
BUT SYNCHORNIZED STRIKES ASIDE...
THEY'RE KNOCKING OUT THE SAME OPPONENT.
PATTI: 35__ I think the biggest thing is emotionally,
the outlet that it provides them.
There's something really good.
It makes them feel like they're fighting back.
JIMMY: 2612 Just the commroadery, you know.
NATS - boxing
PATTI: 362_ it's a degenerative disease and basically
there's no cure, and that's so hopeless.
This is about hope.
JIMMY: 2708 Six months ago, I never would have thought
I could have done that.
PATTI: 38__ I get so much.
I leave here full.
JIMMY: 3029 I had an old saying when I was in the
Marine Corp: hit hard, hit often, and keep on hitting.
34 Come to realize that 20 years ago when I got that
quote, here I'm still using it today and helping my
own self out.
WITH THAT MARINE FOCUS.
AND A FOOTBALL COACH MENTALITY...
JIMMY: 2919 Five years ago, I wasn't sweating like
HAHN KEEPS ON HITTING.
JIMMY: 3019 I can keep them away from me and keep
punching and keep hitting, I'm going to hit and and
hit it as hard as I can because if I can punch it
out of me, I'm going to punch it out of me.
NATS - ROCK STEADY! cheering
JIMMY CREDITS HIS PHYSICIAN, DOCTOR CHRISTOPHER HARKIN
AT MERITER'S STOUGHTON CLINIC, WITH GETTING HIM STARTED
IN THE ROCK STEADY PROGRAM.
DOCTOR HARKIN SAYS WHILE IT'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICATION.
HE LOVES PRESCRIBING SOMETHING THAT'S NOT PILLS TO
MAKE A PATIENT'S LIFE BETTER.
JIMMY IS BACK WORKING, PART TIME IN THE PICK N SAVE
HE WANTS TO BECOME A ROCK STEADY BOXING INSTRUCTOR.