The Baehr Challenge, LTD is an Arizona 501(c)3 organization that creates awareness regarding fitness as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease while funding scientific research for improved treatments and a cure. The non-profit organization raises funds by hosting several annual events spread throughout the year. The Baehr Challenge is a morning of conquering obstacles through fitness and play for people with Parkinson’s, family, friends and the local community. The All Star Conference is a day of education, inspiration and sharing for people with Parkinson’s and their families/care partners and health care professionals. The Oktoberfest block party event is a collaborative effort with the local community to support people with Parkinson’s and their families through celebration.
Since its inception in 2010, Baehr Challenge, LTD has raised more than $150,000 to fund scientific research for better treatments and a cure and to support local organizations that serve and guide people with Parkinson’s and their families.
My name is Brian Baehr. I’m 52 and I have Parkinson’s disease. In 2007, at the age of 47, I noticed a slight hand tremor and began to struggle with my hand writing. As I would write, my large, all-capital letters began to shrink leaving the last few words of each sentence illegible.
When my dad was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007, it was a huge blow for our family. See, he has always been the cool-headed anchor of our family, the calm voice of reason, and the center of physical and emotional strength.