Ali Attends Opening of Parkinson's Center

Published December 7, 2009

Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, the world’s most famous spokesman and advocate for Parkinson’s disease, was on hand recently for the opening of a Phoenix-based center to treat victims of the illness.

The new Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is the most comprehensive center in the nation for the treatment of the illness that causes tremors, slowed movement and disrupted speech, according to officials at the facility.

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The former heavyweight world champion lives with his wife, Lonnie, in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, according to Agence France Press.

 Ali put one hand on a pair of giant scissors to help cut a red ribbon in an opening ceremony before taking a tour with his wife and sister-in-law, AFP reports.

 Ali, 67 and suffering the effects of Parkinson's, is frail-looking and has rarely been seen walking unaided in recent times.

 But does continue to make public appearances, touring Britain in August fundraising and raising awareness for his Alltech-Muhammad Ali Centre Global Education and Charitable Fund.

 Ali also paid a visit to Ireland, where his great-grandfather was born.

 

Written by <P>By Ed Wiley III</P>

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