April 4, 2012 at 6:47 PM ET
A trio of young Texans are beating back the symptoms of their early-onset Parkinson's disease, reports NBC affiliate station WBAL.
Gary Schmitz, who was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago, says that the boxing workout, coupled with a new diet, have helped him to quiet his symptoms. “I have cut my medication in half of what I used to take last year,” he says.
Their trainer is Paulie Ayala, a former boxer and two-time world champion. "They're fighting two battles, I mean, they're learning to box and then they're fighting the Parkinson's," Ayala says. "They're gaining confidence (in) themselves."
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