Road Scholar Transport was approached earlier this year by Attorney Joseph Coviello. Not only is Joseph a lawyer from Clarks Summit, but the President of the NEPA Parkinson’s Foundation, for which he too has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Working with the NEPA Parkinson’s Foundation, Allied Rehab (where Joseph receives his therapy), and John Heinz, Road Scholar quickly got to work developing a new trailer.
After several months of development, Road Scholar was proud to roll out its new truck last month.
Labeled “Stand Up and Fight Parkinson’s” due to the trouble many patients with the disorder have with walking, the white trailer features the silhouettes of a man and a woman fighting their condition.
The Stand Up and Fight Parkinson’s trailer will be featured at its first event on August 17th at Allied Rehab where it will undergo a photo shoot with the center’s physical therapists.
Here are some facts about Parkinson’s Disease provided by http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001762/:
What is it? Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder often occurring in men and women over the age of 50, resulting in “shaking and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.”
What causes it? It is caused when nerve cells producing dopamine are destroyed, losing muscle function in the brain.
Symptoms: Include (but are not limited to):
-A decrease or stop of automatic movements
-Muscle aches, pains, or stiffness
-Lack of facial expression
Diagnosis: Parkinson’s Disease is generally diagnosed by a physical examination and analysis of symptoms.
Treatment: There is currently no cure, however, medication, physical therapy, exercise, and good eating habits can help reduce/prevent symptoms.