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Cycling program offers relief to Parkinson’s sufferers

Pedaling for Parkinson's program trainer Gina LaViolette instructs Tom Stephany of Delmar routine setups for spinning at the Schenectady YMCA recently.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Pedaling for Parkinson's program trainer Gina LaViolette instructs Tom Stephany of Delmar routine setups for spinning at the Schenectady YMCA recently.
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On a bad day, Mark Burek, who has Parkinson’s disease, compares himself to a ball of rubber bands bound so tightly he can’t move his arms and legs. On those days, the 55-year-old postman from Castleton-on-Hudson also stutters a bit. But when he gets on a stationary bike, he’s able to outpedal a number of the symptoms that plague him. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008, Burek has been participating in a program called Pedaling for ...

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