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WHYY Newsworks / July 13, 2016

“Good, Vito, good!” says boxing teacher Joey DeMalavez to Vito Cosmo as he practices punching.

Cosmo is training at DeMalavez’s gym in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. But this isn’t Cosmo’s first rodeo.

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Philly.com / July 3, 2016

Left uppercut! Left uppercut!” yells Joey DeMalavez, Philly tough guy and former pro boxer, as seven neophyte pugilists advance, slicing the air with gloved fists at Joltin’ Jabs, the trainer’s Main Street Manayunk gym.

Their opponents: in the mirrors in front of them.

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NBC 10 / June 20, 2016

The Parkinson Council executive director Wendy Lewis elaborates on the upcoming 2016 Parkinson Council Golf Classic and talks about how boxing is helping people living with Parkinson’s.

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Philadelphia Business Journal / June 16, 2016

Vito Cosmo said he is having some of the best years of his career at Grant Thornton, despite dealing with a shocking medical diagnosis he received a few years ago that turned his life upside down.

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CBS Philly/ June 5, 2016

You might not think of boxing as an activity that can help people with Parkinson’s, but officials with the Bala Cynwyd-based non-profit The Parkinson Council says it can be used to slow the disease’s progression.

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Walking to Stamp Out Parkinson's Disease

The Haddonfield Sun / October 8, 2014

In 2008, Haddonfield resident Ken Kolaski went to his annual physical and told his doctor hehad difficulty writing and his right arm felt heavy and slow moving. His doctor recommended he get a neurological exam, and from that exam, he found out at the age of 49 he had Parkinson’s disease.

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Learning to Live with Parkinson's Was the First Step

The Philadelphia Tribune / October 6, 2014

For Deborah Johnson, Parkinson’s disease (PD) ultimately changed her life. The West Philadelphia native was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. It has had an impact on her mobility and speech, and caused her vocal cords to disintegrate.

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Top Chef' winner Nicholas Elmi, of Collingswood, forms team for Parkinson's walk in Philly

South Jersey Times / September 28, 2014

For Deborah Johnson, Parkinson’s disease (PD) ultimately changed her life. The West Philadelphia native was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. It has had an impact on her mobility and speech, and caused her vocal cords to disintegrate.

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'Top Chef' walks for 'dads'

Philly.com / September 17, 2014

“TOP CHEF” VICTOR Nick Elmi is set to fight Parkinson’s disease under the banner “Team Elmi’s Dads.”  The name, he admitted, makes him giggle a little bit.  “It looks like I was raised by two dads,” said Elmi, the owner of South Philly’s Laurel (1617 E. Passyunk Ave.).  Elmi is instead referring to his dad and his stepfather, both of whom suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

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New research finds high rates of depression among Parkinson's patients

NewsWorks / August 15, 2014

The widow of Robin Williams has made public that the actor was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease before taking his own life this week.

“Robin’s sobriety was intact, and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” Susan Schneider wrote in the statement.

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Health: Local Researchers Find New Connection Between Depression & Parkinson’s Disease

CBS 3 Philly / August 15, 2014

People newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease often struggle with not just depression, but anxiety and fatigue as well according to a new study conducted here in Philadelphia.  3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on the research.

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