(Hartford Courant, by Lori Riley, July 29, 2018)

When George Valliere walked into the Whaling City Athletic Club five weeks ago, he was hunched over, staring at the floor.

Valliere is 78. He has Parkinson’s Disease, a debilitating progressive nervous disorder that affects movement, balance and coordination. He and his wife, Kathy, heard about the gym’s adaptive boxing program and decided to give it a try.

Valliere can walk upright now. He feels better. He wants to do more things with his wife.

The diagnosis, a few years ago, was crushing and bewildering. Now they have hope.

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