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By Jackie Rehwald
Springfield News-Leader 

Boxing gym offers free classes to those with Parkinson's


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Paul Kahmann was the first through the doors at Smitty's Mid-West Boxing Gym on Thursday morning. He walked slowly across the gym, sat down in front of Coach Smitty's desk and held out his shaking hands.

Smitty, whose real name is Darrell Smith, carefully wrapped Kahmann's hands.

"What we don't want people to think is just because you've got Parkinson's disease, it's a death sentence," Smith said, helping with Kahmann's gloves. "It doesn't mean you can't be independent."

Smith set a timer with a buzzer to go off every 30 seconds and Kahmann, who has battled Parkins...

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