Paula Tomlin

paula-tomlinI met Scott Newman in 2005 through a common acquaintance who had Parkinson’s disease. Scott, this friend, and I co-founded Young Parkinson’s of Indiana, a support group for people with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease. We became a 501(c)(3) and set out to “beat the beast.” Meanwhile, Scott was working with Vince at the boxing gym. Scott discovered something that made a significant difference in his quality of life and ability to function/work. He felt compelled to share his victory.

I had attended classes for a couple of months and had to go out of town for a week for work. When I returned I decided I wasn’t going back – it was too hard, hurt too much and made me sweat. I had never done a program like this. Then I got the call.

Scott happened to be in Florida with his mother. According to Scott’s mother, he was literally on the beach. Scott called and harassed me into returning to the program. His mother (since deceased) evidently heard the conversation, and was appalled at Scott’s insistence. I am forever grateful for it. I returned to Rock Steady and have stuck with it – despite some week-long reprieves – ever since. I am forever indebted to Scott and Rock Steady Boxing.

-Paula Tomlin