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Boxing program for Parkinson’s patients celebrates first year with results, new video

CHARLESTON, WV – Charleston’s Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease celebrates its first anniversary on Tuesday. The international boxing-based exercise platform ( was started in Indianapolis and helps people battling with Parkinson’s with strength, stamina, agility, balance and more. There are over 380 Rock Steady affiliates around the world with almost 20,000 participants. The Charleston Rock Steady program is only one of two Rock Steady programs offered in West Virginia.

“I’m inspired every day by the effort, determination, and grit that each person gives,” said Jamie Tridico, owner of Advanced Physical Therapy, and the class leader. “It has been incredible to see the progress in every person who participates.”

The class is part of three free exercise programs offered by Tridico and the Charleston Parkinson’s Support Group. The exercise class schedules, as well as the schedule of support groups, can be found under the Resources section on this website.

The Charleston Parkinson’s Support Group also unveiled a new video, produced by Filmanatix, promoting the Rock Steady Boxing program and the results that it is having in the daily lives of its participants.

“In just five years, the Charleston Parkinson’s Support Group has established free exercise programs, two monthly support groups and 5K race that raises over $50,000 annually for Parkinson’s research,” said George Manahan, support group coordinator. “We are proud of the impact we are making in people’s lives.”

For more information, contact George Manahan at (304) 546-6174.