Sunday, March 29, 2015
Tim Bowden was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 2007. Tim and his wife, Diane, had always maintained a very active lifestyle, which they both wished to continue.
Soon after his diagnosis, Tim started working out with Dr. Becky Farley, who introduced him to the PWR!Moves to help him deal with his PD symptoms. Tim joined the first PWR!Gym classes in 2010. He and Diane, who volunteers as a coach at PWR!Gym, discovered the difference that PWR!Moves™ make in his life and in the lives of others living with PD.
In 2011, one year after Tim started going to PWR!Gym, he and Diane led the first Bowden PWR!Hike. Several friends and colleagues accompanied them in the fifteen mile, 5,000-foot climb to the summit of Mt. Lemmon. They completed the hike in a little over eight hours. Their goal was to show that high-intensity Parkinson-specific exercise helps people with PD to improve their mobility and their quality of life. They completed this hike again in 2012 and 2013. These hikes awareness about PWR!Gym and also raised much needed funding that significantly contributed to the development an d growth of the programs offered at PWR!Gym. The Bowden PWR!Hike has turned into the largest fund-raiser for PWR!Gym for the past four years!
In 2014, the Bowden PWR!Hike was expanded to three new hikes that included a ten mile hike with a moderate elevation gain, a four mile hike with a minor elevation gain, and a one mile walk with no eleva-tion gain. The goal is to allow people with with a wide range of ability to participate in a variety of chal-lenges and experience the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a challenging hike. These hikes in 2014 were completed by a total of 116 people. About half of the people who completed the hikes have PD. They each accomplished their goal. Upon completing their hike, the comment that was heard from almost every participant was, “I didn’t think I could do it, but I did!”
All of the hikes will start and finish at the Ramada Picnic area within the Catalina Foothills State Park. Start times will be staggered so that participants can finish their respective hikes at around the same time. Upon completion of the event, hikers will enjoy a celebration with food, drink and live music!
Thank you for joining us for this powerful hike to raise funds for PWR! and PWR!Gym. Your generosity will help us reach our goal of $20,000. Your participation will also raise awareness that the progression of Parkinson’s disease can be slowed with the correct foundational principles of exercise found in the Basic4 | PWR!Moves™.