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Skating event held for people with Parkinson's

Posted at 11:38 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 21:11:08-05

The ice bikes have been a hit at Canalside and a unique partnership allowed a special group of people to hit the ice Wednesday night.

For the second consecutive year, the Parkinson’s Ice Skating Party welcomed those battling the disease for a chance to enjoy some winter activities.

“We started last year with the idea of trying to find something that a person battling Parkinson’s could do with their family in the winter,” Chris Jamele Executive Director of the National Parkinson’s Foundation of Western New York  told 7 Eyewitness News.

For Maureen Brown and her husband Mike who was diagnosed with the disease six years, staying active has been the key to keeping his symptoms under control.

“Well we were very intrigued because we saw the ice bikes and we thought that's something we can do,” Brown said.

Organizers say about 60 people living with Parkinson’s turned out for the event and they're looking forward to an even bigger turn out next year.