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Changing Course: Jimmy Choi's Story

Parkinson's affects everyone differently. And each individual's approach to living with it is just as variable.

Jimmy Choi, a member of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Patient Council, was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease at age 27. After his diagnosis in 2003, Jimmy lived in denial and tried to avoid the disease by remaining inactive. By 2010, he weighed 240 pounds and walked with a cane. After a bad fall, he had no choice but to confront the disease head-on and regain control of his life. The rest is history.

In this short film directed by MJFF board member Nelle Fortenberry, we learn about the incredible journey that ultimately landed Jimmy on the national stage to pursue an unexpected goal -- and spotlight the need for a cure for Parkinson's.

"I don't move like other runners, cyclists, and I certainly don't move like other ninjas. Yet I try to find ways to defy the odds presented to me. When one road is blocked, change your course. You will find a way," says Jimmy.

Sure enough, Jimmy Choi has found his way back to NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" to take on the Season 10 obstacle course on Monday, June 18! Here are a few ways you can get involved:

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