Millions of Americans and their families are in a constant battle not to let Parkinson's disease control their lives.
While there is not a cure for the disease, it is important to provide tools for patients to live by day by day.
The Davis Phinney Foundation offers programs, information and tools for patients and their families. More than $1.2 million dollars have been invested in early treatment and research programs to help people cope with Parkinson's.
Parkinson's is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly. Nerve cells use a brain chemical called dopamine to control muscle movement. Parkinson's occurs when the nerve cells in the brain that produce the hormone are slowly destroyed.
Symptoms include slow blinking, drooling, problems with balance and walking, shaking and slowed speech.
There is not a cure for Parkinson's but the goal of treatment is to control symptoms.
Boulder resident Gary Sobol was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2006. Since then, he has learned to maintain the best quality of life as possible. He has developed exercise routines to help other patients control their symptoms. The Davis Phinney Foundation will honor Sobol with a local hero award during a victory summit in Devner Saturday.