Man with Parkinson's disease to compete in Pittsford Triathlon

May 31, 2019 06:57 AM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) – One triathlete in Pittsford will be using the race as a way to help others.

For Fred Schwab, it took 12 years of research and visiting doctors to figure out his symptoms of shaking, pain, and cognitive slowness. In September of 2017, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“I was relieved when I found out what it was I was dealing with because it’d been so long I’d been having issues,” Schwab said. 

Parkinson’s is a nervous system disorder that affects movement. While it cannot be cured, there are ways to manage symptoms, including medications and exercise.

For Schwab, that includes boxing which is believed to reduce symptoms of the disease. He began going to Rock Steady Boxing.

“To fight back against the disease, and it’s something I could take control of and do for myself to feel better,” explained Schwab.

He’s hoping to help others feel better, as well. To spread awareness and raise money to find a cure, he is competing in this weekend’s triathlon in Pittsford.

A Facebook page details his journey, with Schwab posting regularly to show others the exercises and resources that have helped him.

In addition, he plans on participating in Moving Day on Sept 29.


Stephanie Robusto

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