Advocate and Trainer Team Up to Support Parkinson's Day of Action

PAN Pennsylvania State Director Patti Lightner is teaming up with her personal trainer, Joe Green, and local businesses to turn the Parkinson’s Day of Action on February 26 into a community event.   

On Wednesday, February 26, Joe Green, owner of Fit For You in Harrisburg, PA, will open up his training studio from 12:00-5:00 PM for members of the community to come by and call their Members of Congress in support of the Parkinson’s Day of Action. The first 15 people who stop in and make calls will be eligible to receive free Personal Health and Fitness Guest passes to attend a class or training of their choice. Green will also be offering a gym bag, water bottle, and gym towel package for sale with 20% of the proceeds being donated to PAN.

Joe Green has been working with Patti for five years, but has been involved in providing services for people with Parkinson’s and other chronic illnesses since 2003. Green customizes training programs to meet the individual needs of his clients and said that he has seen firsthand the benefits of physical and occupational therapy and exercise in improving the physical independence of and restoring confidence in people with Parkinson’s. 

In his experience working with Patti and other Parkinson’s support groups, Green said that the fundraising efforts around the Parkinson’s Day of Action seemed like a simple way to give back, adding that while he does not have a personal connection to the disease, he remains very passionate about connecting and working with the Parkinson’s community.

In addition, Patti has been contacting local support groups and members of the community to build support for the Day of Action. As part of its Funds for Friends program, local restaurant chain Arooga’s has provided Patti with special coupon vouchers to distribute to the community to be redeemed on February 24 and February 25. Arooga’s has agreed to donate 15% of sales from each voucher to PAN. 

PAN would like to offer a heartfelt thank you and our appreciation to both Patti and Joe for their efforts and dedication to make the 2014 Parkinson’s Day of Action a success. They are an example of how to make an impact in your own community to raise awareness and support for Parkinson’s – one of the many great stories of our advocates doing critical work in their home states every day.

Learn more about the Parkinson’s Day of Action on February 26.

Date originally posted:  February 7, 2014.