The death of Muhammad Ali is hitting particularly close to home for a Lexington boxing club.
For the past two and a half years, Title Boxing Club has held a “Rock Steady” boxing class aimed at helping people who are battling Parkinson’s disease. Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with the disease in 1984 and worked for many years raising money to research a cure.
The class helps participants fight against symptoms of the degenerative disease by helping to improve their coordination, balance and strength.
“When I found out I had Parkinson’s, I knew my mom had it and I knew Michael J . Fox had it and Muhammad Ali had it. The Pope. Pope John Paul too. So I had a lot of inspiration from all those in different ways,” said one participant.
Members of the club say Ali’s more than 30 year struggle with the disease is just another example of the champions tenacity, courage, and legacy.