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Tuesday, March 8, 2022: Kerry Howard’s fight against Parkinson’s disease. Webinars on how to reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint. Rainforest yoga workshops on how to unlock stress from your body.

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Kerry Howard trains with trainer Alec Nevalainen in the Rock Steady boxing program at Pavitt’s Gym. Howard was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016 (Photo by Matt Brown).

It seems almost counterintuitive to battle Parkinson’s disease by donning heavy, padded boxing mitts and training like a fighter.

Kerry Howard’s training at Pavitt’s Gym involves more than boxing but rigorous conditioning exercises (Photo by Matt Brown).

But that’s exactly what Kerry Howard did to keep this neuromuscular disease at bay. On Juneau afternoon this Tuesday, she will be joined by two of her coaches from Pavitt’s Gym, to celebrate her latest achievement – the prestigious American Parkinson’s Disease Association Northwest Chapter’s Optimism Award.

“Living with Parkinson’s disease is challenging, but it’s a disease you can live with, and I’m grateful for that,” Howard said in a statement. “No one knows what the future holds, but I believe in being kind, brave and grateful. Pessimists may be right more often, but optimists have more friends and have more fun.

Also today :

  • Finding refuge, resilience and new ways to meet life’s challenges in an upcoming Rainforest Yoga workshop.
  • Reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint, as a community and as an individual.

Rhonda McBride hosts this Tuesday’s show. You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3. The replay airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at ktoo.org.