Tuesday, 13 March 2018 17:44

Husson University boxing club plans to punch out Parkinson's disease

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Husson University boxing club plans to punch out Parkinson's disease

BANGOR - Physical therapy and occupational therapy students at Husson University announced plans to lighten Parkinson's disease symptoms through boxing.

The Fighting Eagles Boxing Club would give patients a chance to take part in non-contact boxing.


To raise money to buy boxing equipment, students are having a flapjack fundraiser this Sunday morning at the Bangor Applebee's.


Husson students said the motor skills used in boxing can help Parkinson's patients feel more in control of their disease.


"I've worked with people who told me that because they were doing boxing several days a week they no longer needed to use a cane," said Morgan Cooper, a student doctor of physical therapy. "I worked with one woman who told me she felt like she didn't have Parkinson's disease anymore, which is really special."


Anyone interested in attending the pancake fundraiser has been asked to buy a $10 ticket by Friday.


Students said once they buy they equipment, boxing classes could start in the fall.


Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now excited to explore other parts of the state.

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