Pars For Parkinson's

An NJ based 501-C3 Charity for Parkinson's Disease

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December 3, 2012

How A Parkinson’s Diagnosis Turned into A More Active Lifestyle and $150,000+ Raised for Team Fox

Posted by  Miranda Lanzillotti, May 08, 2012

Dr. Louis ‘Lou’ Flancbaum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. While the diagnosis brought an end to his career as a general surgeon, it also opened the door to a whole new (and unfamiliar) set of responsibilities. As Lou puts it, “I didn’t really retire the day I was diagnosed, I simply traded one career for another.” Lou adopted a more active lifestyle, exercising for two hours each day—a therapy that has enabled him to avoid taking any medication. In addition, he and his zealous wife, Debby, have organized a Team Fox golf outing since 2009, raising more than $150,000 so far for Parkinson’s research. And there is no end in sight to their fundraising efforts.

With the help of a robust committee, Debby and Lou are holding their 3rd Annual Team Fox event on Sunday, May 20, at Tarry Brae Golf Course in South Fallsburg, NY. Called “Pars for Parkinson’s: The Paul Kudowitz Memorial Golf Outing,” the event honors Lou and the entire PD community, and it celebrates the life of dear friend Dr. Paul Kudowitz. Paul embodied a loving and giving spirit, so the Flancbaums decided to put their event in his name after he passed away suddenly in December 2010.

The event’s success over the years is a testament to the supportive community that Debby and Lou have fostered since 2009. They are determined to continue fundraising for Team Fox and promoting exercise as a treatment for PD. The ‘New Lou’ recalls, “I was someone who never had the time to exercise. I always made excuses for my poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. People are surprised to hear it, but I actually feel better and stronger than I did five years ago.”

The day-long golf outing includes a shotgun start, Kosher bar-b-cue, raffle items, and much more. There is still time to register, so visit their Team Fox page to learn how you can get involved.

TAGS: New York, Team Fox, Golf Outing, Exercise