"I was already teaching boxing when I came across the RSB program. Since rigorous exercise has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson's, it only made sense for me to get involved with it," Cantrell said.

We all want to punch a boxing bag every now and then. Maybe even just go for a really great workout and get the endorphins flowing. Beyond that, some of us even try to encourage our parents to work out, especially if it's in regards to their health.

That is why Melissa Cantrell, the owner of Rock Steady Boxing began a gym for people with Parkinson's disease. Rock Steady Boxing of Baton Rouge, located in Geismar, is a great place to bring a parent or friend to work out and battle Parkinson's disease. Cantrell became an affiliate of RSB because both of her parent's are affected by Parkinson's.

"I was already teaching boxing when I came across the RSB program. Since rigorous exercise has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson's, it only made sense for me to get involved with it," Cantrell said.

The Rock Steady Boxing location held their relocation grand opening on August 4, where Melissa also held a fundraiser for the RSB program.

"We raised $5,049 dollars. With the money, we buy equipment, as well as start a scholarship fund for those who cannot afford the monthly dues to attend classes," Cantrell said.

This was the second fundraiser Melissa has done in relation to Parkinson's, and she plans to do one every year, as long as the business remains open. RSB of Baton Rouge has been open for three years now, and Melissa hopes it only continues to grow. She also owns On the Geaux Fitness in Geismar, which is open to the general public with one-on-one personal training or small group trainings, for example, fitness circuits.

Melissa became a certified trainer in 2011. She has also been teaching kickboxing/boxing for 3 years, and it has become a passion of hers. Her first love was strength training, though, which is also an option to choose from at On the Geaux Fitness.

If you are interested in volunteering for the RSB program, you may call 985-801-9074 on a Tuesday or Thursday, or email batonrouge@rsbaffiliate.com.

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