Heavy Metal Singer with Parkinson's Disease is Ready For an Encore
Chicago Singer/Songwriter, Rich Rozek was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 14-years ago. Since then, the singer has become an advocate spending much of his time raising awareness about the disease. This year is going to be a real challenge...
By: War Cry(US)
This is something that will not be an easy task - especially considering the fact that his Parkinson's Disease has progressed. Now, in addition to all the usual rigidity, tremors, slow movement, and pain, he now has freezing when he walks. So at times he just stops walking without warning, and his feet act like they are stuck to the floor. All of this stems from the neurological disease he shares with other entertainers like Michael J. Fox.
Through the last fourteen years Rich has followed Michael's battle with the disease, and compared the symptoms. Both are advocates, Rich took the path of starting an online radio reality program called PD Talk Live! The show became a platform for Rich to share all the details of his life with the disease. After 5-years of sharing his life with Parkinson's, he decided to take a break from the program for a couple of years. Now he's back doing a program on Blog Talk Radio. His archived past programs still get downloaded and listened to - in fact they have well over a half a million listens!
In addition to the radio program, every April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. The last couple of years Rich has written & recorded songs about the disease for awareness, but this time he is going to attempt to do a show at Ragnarokkr` Metal Apocalypse in Chicago on May 6th at 8:15 PM. Doing this with his band War Cry is not going to be easy due to the progression of the disease. Then why do it? He gave several reasons. Rich is very passionate about helping others realise that they can still accomplish things in their life - even with a handicap! What's it take to do this feat? The usual 28 prescribed pills he takes everyday plus a shot of a new drug that tries to stop the freezing for about 2-hours.
Even taking all this everyday, this is no guarantee that they will work. At this time in his life, the Parkinson's Disease is more in-charge than before. Rich will not give in to this disease, and will continue to create! Since the concert is right after PD Awareness Month - what a encore this could be! Go to: www.warcry.us Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is May 6th & 7th at Reggies in Chicago on s. State Street.
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