InMotion is excited to announce that American Ninja Warrior Jimmy Choi will be joining us on Sunday, September 17th for the upcoming Pals In Motion Family Fitness Event! The event will include a 5K run, 1-mile walk, Yoga, and an obstacle course. Choi will open the day and be participating in events throughout the morning.
Choi, a 41-year-old tech consultant from Illinois, was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease at age 27. He was encouraged to take on the Ninja Warrior challenge by his daughter, and competed on behalf of the Michael J Fox Foundation. During the July 3 episode, Choi made an amazing run through the course but was unable to conquer the broken bridge, which defeats many who compete.
“The hardest step is that first step. Once you take that first step, the rest of it comes easy.” – Jimmy Choi
Choi admitted that his diagnosis led to a period of depression and anger, a period his wife refers to as “the dark years”. In 2012, more than 9 years after his diagnosis, he discovered the power of exercise in managing his symptoms. Since then, he has gone on to compete in more than 13 marathons, over 75 half-marathons, numerous 100-mile bike rides and multiple triathlons. In the process, he’s raised more than $100,000 for the Michael J. Fox’s Foundation.
Join us and watch Choi in action at Pals In Motion! A collaborative effort between InMotion and Parkinson’s Pals, a local organization working to fund research and awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Pals In Motion will take place at Orange High School, from 9 am – 12 pm, on Sunday, September 17. We hope you will join us for this exciting event, either as a participant or a donor. Find more information here or contact Nancy McCann at [email protected]; or by calling 216.342.4016.