Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day Celebrated at State House

State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) with Albert Latulippe of the Lawrence-based Rock Steady Boxing.

State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) with Albert Latulippe of the Lawrence-based Rock Steady Boxing.

State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) hosted Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Day at the State House on Friday, April 24.

Joining DiZoglio were Parkinson’s Disease advocates from across the Commonwealth, including members of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) and a representative from Rock Steady Boxing, a Lawrence-based fitness center that works to improve quality of life for persons battling Parkinson’s through non-contact, boxing-inspired training.

DiZoglio recently sponsored a resolution, co-sponsored by 50 other legislators from across the Commonwealth, proclaiming the month of April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in Massachusetts. Among the co-sponsors were State Representatives Marcos A. Devers (D-Lawrence), Frank A. Moran (D-Lawrence) and Leonard Mirra (R-West Newbury).

The Representative presented the resolution to North Andover resident Charles Brown, Massachusetts Assistant State Director for PAN.

“Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease, with no treatment to slow or halt its progression, that affects between 500,000 and 1.5 million Americans and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States,” said DiZoglio, who represents communities in North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill. “I was honored to host this important event and join with citizens from the Merrimack Valley and across the Commonwealth in raising awareness about the disease. North Andover resident Charles Brown lives with Parkinson’s and I want to thank him for his inspirational comments and for joining with us in hosting this Awareness Day.”