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Muhammad Ali and His Battle with Parkinson’s Disease

By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on

Muhammad Ali lived a colorful and exciting life. In his lifetime, he spoke out against the Vietnam War, sang, became an author and even starred in a Broadway musical. In addition to being a legendary heavyweight-boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist, he was also a dedicated advocate for Parkinson’s disease.

Muhammad Ali built a reputation as a legend in the ring, but he also became a champion to those battling Parkinson’s worldwide. To the thousands of Parkinson’s patients and North Broward caregivers, he was an inspiration to stay strong and be positive.

About two decades ago, Ali proudly lent his name to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Approximately 10,000 patients visit this center each year. The center offers patients with Parkinson’s disease and other related conditions innovative, cutting-edge treatments. It even offers support for Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s caregivers in North Broward and around the country.

Organizers of the annual Celebrity Fight Night, a fundraiser for Parkinson’s disease, list the Ali Center as its major beneficiary. Ali often attended this extravaganza. His last known public appearance was at this event was in April of 2016. This fundraiser has raised more than $20 million dollars for the center over the years.

Ali, who was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1984, was a major donor to this center. His generosity made it possible for the center to expand into a larger facility and offer needed services and treatments for people with Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases. This center also strives to make the overall quality of life better for those living with and treating PD. The center now provides exercise services, numerous types of therapies and cutting-edge treatments for mobility conditions including deep-brain stimulation.

Even as Ali’s Parkinson’s progressed, he always took the time to embrace, encourage and inspire those fighting the disease around the world. His death reaches way beyond the world of boxing. Ali has become one of the most recognized and admired persons worldwide both in and out of the ring.

His efforts to raise Parkinson’s awareness have been influential to numerous home care agencies in North Broward, FL. Home Care Assistance is one such agency that provides comprehensive Parkinson’s care in the comfort of your loved one’s home. Call 954-906-5161 today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated Care Manager. We are always available to take your call and customize a care plan for your loved one.

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