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Jimmy Choi        

Parkinson's Advocate & American Ninja Warrior Contestant

Jimmy Choi was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's Disease at the age of 27. With symptoms rapidly affecting his daily life, he “did nothing” for the next 7-8 years and just went through the motions. One day while carrying his infant son, they both fell a full flight of stairs which triggered fear of the future and fear for his family. He vowed to himself that he would do what it takes to take back control of what Parkinson's has taken from him physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Choi now enables experts to find a cure. He has participated in numerous clinical trials; giving up his body in the hopes that the data collected by researchers can lead closer to a cure. He is an advocate for health and wellness, as well as managing Parkinson’s with physical activity.

Participating on American Ninja Warrior, and becoming a Ninja has saved him both mentally and physically. He hopes to reach people like him and those searching for some inspiration through his work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and other platforms.

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Jimmy Choi's Personal Story

Jimmy describes the challenges of his personal Parkinson’s journey while providing mental and physical health and wellness inspiration for all.


Overcoming Parkinson's disease, he lands on 'American Ninja ...

Jimmy Choi can do push-ups with someone standing on his back. He can swing on rope and do chin-ups as the veins bulge in his arms. But the Bolingbrook ...

'American Ninja Warrior' athlete with Parkinson's turns obstacles into ...

A Parkinson's diagnosis was not part of the plan for 27-year-old Jimmy Choi.

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