Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award
The Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year Award is 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 founder of the Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD program. Paul is a former international boxing champion who earned a reputation for never quitting in the ring. As the head trainer for LDBF’s PD boxing program from 2014-2017, he inspired over 200 Gladiators to fight for their lives.
“We train them just as if they’re getting ready for a championship fight, but their fight doesn’t end,” he said.
In 2016, Paul was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, such as athletes who take part in contact sports. He retired as the chairman of LDBF to focus on his health in January 2018.
Personal: Marc lives in Sandy Springs with his wife Arwen; they have two adult children, Max and Alex.
Exercise Routine: LDBF-PD Gladiators Boxing 5x/week; Kettlebell lifting 2x/week
Marc discovered PD Gladiators soon after he was diagnosed with PD and quickly became a fixture at Delgado Boxing Gym. He participated in PD Gladiators and general population classes—he was still working—and sparred with the boxers training at the gym. A certified kettlebell trainer, Marc maintained a grueling weight training regimen for its anaerobic exercise and strength benefits.
In 2017, Marc’s will was truly tested—on top of dealing with his own PD diagnosis, he had to manage the stress of Arwen’s (successful) battle with cancer and leaving his job on disability. Despite the adversity, he grew into a quiet leader among the Gladiator boxers and answered the bell to run the LDBF boxing program when Paul Delgado announced his retirement in December to deal with his own health issues.
Marc credits the LDBF-PD Gladiators boxing program with changing his attitude about living with his disease. “After a class, I don’t feel like I have Parkinson’s,” he says. “I feel strong, more mobile and not afflicted. I feel powerful and appreciate the support the PD Gladiators give each other. I’m in boxing class five days per week. Best part of each day!”
We hope you enjoy this video homage to Marc Fine, our first Paul Delgado Gladiator of the Year, and an inspiration for us all:
Video By: “Iron Dan” Ben-David, PD Gladiator