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Emory Medical Students Helping PD Gladiators Measure Impact of Programs

We are a group of medical students at the Emory University School of Medicine volunteering with the PD Gladiators organization. Our mission is to help PD Gladiators build long-term records and demonstrate the efficacy of the programs. In order to accomplish this, we are asking any PwP’s who currently participate in PD Gladiators fitness classesRead More »

Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award: Nominate Your Fellow Gladiator!

PD Gladiators is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award. The tribute will be granted annually to a person living with Parkinson’s disease who has combated PD with hard work, dedication and perseverance–traits exhibited by Paul Delgado, the recently-retired founder of the Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PDRead More »

LDBF-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD Class Included in NEUROLOGY NOW current issue

The Oct/Nov issue of NEUROLOGY NOW, a publication of the American Academy of Neurology, features an article on boxing programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and how they help fight PD. Paul Delgado, the head trainer of our LDBF-PD Gladiators boxing program, is quoted extensively. The article can be viewed online here:

PD Gladiators Seeks Associate Director

PD Gladiators seeks a new part-time Associate Director (20-25 hours per week) to assist the organization’s Atlanta-based management team with (i) marketing its network of independent fitness instructors providing group exercise classes adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease (to the medical community as well as directly to patients), (ii) managing participant intake and follow-up, andRead More »

PD Gladiators Elects New Board of Directors, Adopts Sustainability Plan

ATLANTA, GA/November 22, 2016—The provider of the Atlanta region’s premier fitness network for people with Parkinson’s disease, PD Gladiators, Inc., announced today that it has adopted a sustainability plan and elected its 2017-2018 board of directors to lead the organization through a period of growth after tapping into an unmet need within the community. FoundedRead More »

APDA Georgia Chapter Awards PD Gladiators $10,000 Grant

ATLANTA – Effective September 1, the Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association awarded PD Gladiators a $10,000 program grant to support the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network. The network offers 50 weekly group exercise classes adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease throughout the Atlanta metro area and includes the YMCA of MetroRead More »

PD Gladiators Co-Hosts “Living Well with Parkinson’s: Exercise” with the NPF

PD Gladiators co-hosted a symposium with the National Parkinson Foundation on Saturday, “Living Well with Parkinson’s: Exercise,” and the event was a huge success. A capacity crowd listened raptly to keynote speaker Emory’s Jorge Juncos, MD (a PD Gladiators director) make a clear and convincing case for exercise and physical therapy as primary treatments for Parkinson’s disease,Read More »

This Month’s Featured PD Gladiators: Kathy Shoji and Betsy Gaydos Do It At The Y

Betsy Gaydos (pictured in the black shirt) and Kathy Shoji (orange shirt, back row) are taking full advantage of all the YMCA has to offer for people with Parkinson’s. The two PD Gladiators took part in the Fulton County Golden Games last month with fellow players from the Ed Isaakson YMCA and got bronze medals (3rd place)Read More »

YMCA of Metro Atlanta Expands PD Gladiators at the Y Program to Include 25 Parkinson’s Movement Classes in 17 Branches

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is expanding the PD Gladiators at the Y program, with 25 Parkinson’s Movement Classes offered in 17 branches. New branches participating include the Covington Family YMCA (beginning 4/15), the East Lake Family YMCA, the Northwest Family YMCA ( in Kennesaw), the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA (in Canton,Read More »

January News: YMCA Waives Joining Fees, New Evening Boxing Class & More!

As the scientific evidence mounts that vigorous and varied exercise improves the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and may even slow disease progression, there’s no time like the New Year to resolve to start (or add to) your exercise routine. The PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network is an affiliation of independent fitnessRead More »