Boxing 4 Parkinsons Newnan, GA

$2,330 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 33 months
Marianne Pizzitola
on behalf of Antoinette Pizzitola
 NEWNAN, GA
When I saw this segment by Lesley Stahl on Sunday Morning regarding her husband Aaron Latham, who suffers from Parkinsons and the Rock Steady Program in Brooklyn, NY, it touched my heart.  My mom, recently being diagnosed with Dementia, I thought, maybe this program can help her a little too.  

We joined our local YMCA in Newnan, GA and met a wonderful coach in the Parkinsons Class that is excited about this program as there is a sizable community with Parkinsons in our area. They were equally excited, but lack the funding for this program.  I am hoping this campaign, will help me connect with people that find this hopeful, and will help me fund getting two coaches trained so I can bring this kind of program to my gym, and get my mom into it.  The doctors say that similar programs may help patients with Dementia as it does Parkinsons.  And if it does, I owe it to her and all those in my community with Parkinsons and dementias to try to bring this program here.  Please help me make this happen!  Our Local YMCA is in Newnan, GA, and the parent organization is YMCA Metro Atlanta and they are a 501c3.   ALL donations will go directly to them to train 2 coaches and get some equipment to start this kind of program.  I would like the funds as soon as possible for either the Rock Steady Curriculum or a similar program, as the gym needs to train coaches so the program is safe for participants, get equipment and start the classes!

Parkinsons and dementias effect people of all ages, from about 35 up.  Therefore, this program appeals to broad group of people.  Thank you for supporting this, It means a lot to me to be able to give someone an hour of fun, a smile, some exercise, positive reinforcement and hope.  Hope, is everything.  The patients in this video have a better quality of life because of this program, and I want to bring it to Newnan.  Please help me on this journey! 

Who am I?  I am, Marianne Pizzitola. I am retired from the NYC Fire Department.  I was a native NYer, and I now live in Georgia with my honey Matt, my Mom and Dad, my two dogs Sugar and Jewels, and I am a caregiver for my loving mom.  Mom, was a NY City School teacher at PS 165 in Queens, NY, one of the toughest jobs in the world! After being diagnosed with FTD (FrontoTemporal Lobe Dementia), Mom and dad moved to Sharpsburg with me.  I have two sisters, Colette Pizzitola in MD, and Antoinette Croly, in VA.  

Thank you for supporting this program, and our community. I guess once in public service, always in public service!

Marianne
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Update 3
Posted by Marianne Pizzitola
27 months ago
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Thanks to all of you, for helping us send one instructor for Rock Steady Training. Mo Dwyer graduated to today!! And we could not have done this without you. We now move into the equipment phase to buy some for the gym class. Thank you everyone!!
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Update 2
Posted by Marianne Pizzitola
28 months ago
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To all our friends and family. We have reached the 1/3 mark for our fundraiser. We have all of you to thank for that, including Uncle Maddios Pizza in Newnan who helped us with a spirit day to help us. In order to get an instructor into a training class asap, Summit YMCA agreed to send Mo Dwyer to attend the class in Indiana in October. We are keeping the fundraiser going as to cover costs and equipment going forward. So continue to help us pass the word. Share. Make a donation in someone's name. With the holidays coming, give the gift to help community. Thank you..
Thank you Summit Y for your support
To the Summit YMCA and MO Dwyer
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Update 1
Posted by Marianne Pizzitola
32 months ago
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Hi Everyone! Thanks for the support so far. We are 1/3 the way there are we are hoping to go a little further!! Please support, and share and ask friends to chip in, even a small donation goes far to help bring this worthy program to our community. The Summit YMCA is a worthy organization to host this program for community members with Parkinsons Disease. We met with them recently and they are just as excited as we are. Share the love!
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$2,330 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 33 months
Created April 14, 2016
Marianne Pizzitola
on behalf of Antoinette Pizzitola
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CD
$100
Connie Doyle
26 months ago

We are so excited about our Summit YMCA starting the boxing program for Parkinson's Patients. Brian is ready to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"! ha

BM
$50
Barbara Moffatt
27 months ago
AM
$75
Anthie Milonas
32 months ago
KK
$50
Karen Konstan
32 months ago
MM
$100
Maureen McDonagh
32 months ago

What a wonderful cause!

MH
$50
Myron Hacken
32 months ago

In support of an extraordinary individual .

TE
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Tom and Irene Eppinger
32 months ago
LD
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Lisa Drennan
33 months ago
$40
Dawn Fortis
33 months ago
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Susan Lang
33 months ago
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