Local cyclists raise awareness, support for Parkinson's patients

Athletes at the Echelon Center are helping people who have Parkinson's disease. The neurological disorder drastically affects movement and often causes tremors. (Image: WTVC)

Several cyclists in the Chattanooga area rode for a reason this weekend.

Athletes at the Echelon Center are helping people who have Parkinson's disease. The neurological disorder drastically affects movement and often causes tremors.

Pedaling for Parkinson's is an effort to bring people's attention to the fact that physical activity can help improve the motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's.

Trainer Jama Oliver says she knows this first hand. She says her mother has been battling the disease for 20 years.

"When I moved to Chattanooga and saw they were looking for a Pedaling for Parkinson's instructor at the YMCA, I leaped at the chance to be a part of it," says Oliver.

Money raised through this weekend's event will provide funds for Parkinson's patients to participate in cycling classes.

Patients can go to the YMCA for free lessons throughout the year.

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