Carnival raises money for the Tri-Cities Parkinson’s Project

RICHLAND, Wash. — A local boxing gym is raising money for programs to help those living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that impairs movement. Rock Steady Boxing is the only gym in the Tri-Cities dedicated to helping people fight the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.

Recently, owners Tony and Gigi Valdez have taken it a step further by creating a non-profit organization called the Tri-Cities Parkinson’s Project which promotes awareness and offers movement based programs for people living with the incurable disease.

They are expanding their program by adding a new class this summer that focuses on balance and agility.

Gigi Valdez explained that, “force intense exercise and balance agility coordination exercises help with our every day lives, like walking, crossing the street, looking at stop signs, stepping on and off the curb.”

Seeing their boxers improve every day has inspired them to do more for the Parkinson’s community.

“People had difficulties even opening the door coming in at first. Now most of the people that we’ve been working with here are doing other things like vacationing, hiking and biking again,” said coach Tony Valdez.

To raise funds and awareness for their program, they’re hosting a carnival on Thursday, Mar. 6 at the Richland Community Center from 2 – 5 p.m.

The event is free and anyone can attend. They will be collecting donations and will have a silent auction with items including a 5-day hotel stay in Cancun. Spintray will also be giving away a Peloton bike for someone with Parkinson’s Disease at the event.

You can find more information on the event by clicking, here.

And to learn more about their classes, visit or call 509-585-8863.