Dr. Jay Alberts, Ph.D., Â from the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic will be my special guest on the Parkinsons Recovery Radio Program at 11:00 am pacific time on Thursday, April 23rd. Dr. Alberts and I will also be talking withÂ Scott Luikart who is participating in theÂ Race Across America this summer to raise money for research on Parkinsons.Â
Listen to the program over phone by calling 347-945-5358 at 11:00 am pacific time – Thursday, April 23rd or listen in here.Â I hope you can joinÂ us.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
The Race Across America (RAAM), is a solo, 12 day, 3,021 mile bike race.Â It touches 15 states and climbs more than 100,000 feet. Once the clock starts on the west coast, it doesnâ€™t stop until the racer reaches the finish line on the east coast.Â Scott Luikart, a 2009 RAAM participant, has chosen to use the RAAM as an avenue to raise much needed funds for cutting edge Parksinsonâ€™s disease (PD) research going on at the LRI.
What motivates someone to push their body to the extreme?Â Ask Scott that question and his answer comes without hesitation. HisÂ twin brotherÂ MarkÂ was Scottâ€™s inspiration to begin cycling four years ago. MarkÂ was recently diagnosed with PD.Â
While watching MSNBC one night, Scott heard about the exciting work of Jay Alberts, Ph.D. of the Center for Neurological Restoration at the Cleveland Clinic.Â About 200 miles into aÂ week longÂ â€œPedaling for Parkinsonâ€™sâ€ awareness ride on a tandem bicycle, Dr. Alberts noticed the Parkinsonâ€™s symptoms disappearing from the patient who was riding with him.
From this experience, Dr. Alberts asked: Could exercise â€” be therapeutic for PD patients? Initial research is telling us â€œyes.â€Â Donations raised through the RAAM will go to support this cutting edge work leading to more answers which we feel will have a direct impact on the lives of those living with PD.