Fighting To Win Inc

Fight Back

aka Day One Fitness   |   Beech Island, SC   |  www.dayonefitness.org

Mission

To maximize the mental, emotional, and physical potential of people with neurological disease and disability throughout their lives, through an intensive and rigorous regimen and plan of exercise delivered in the context of a welcoming professional and supportive environment.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Tambra Wilkerson

Executive Director

Suzanne Denmark

Main address

257 Beech Island Avenue

Beech Island, SC 29842 USA

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EIN

47-5315340

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Brain Disorders (G48)

Alzheimer's (G83)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research has proven that intense exercise slows down the progression of the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Exercise has been proven to be just as important as medication for people living with this disease. Inactivity has been shown to be prodegenerative. Similar data supports that this is true for people living with Alzheimer's Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment. Since no cure exists for either of these diseases, there is a need to engage in rigorous exercise to delay the progression of the symptoms of these disease and thereby allow people to remain living at home and caring for themselves longer.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Non-Contact Boxing

This program gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum. The focus of this class is to improve overall fitness, while working on postural imbalances and using deep-breathing techniques to maintain a healthy body. Classes are fast-paced and transitions are rapid between exercises.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

PWR!Moves is a Parkinson's Disease specific skill training program that maintains or restores skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

This program allows people with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, or Mild Cognitive Impairment to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

This program improves hand-eye coordination, lateral movement, balance, and strategic thinking skills for people living with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, or Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

This program strives to improve gait and balance issues through the use of full body pole walking techniques. This program is designed to target specific needs for those living with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, or Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

This program is specifically designed to improve manual dexterity, hand strength, and finger strength. Activities include stretches and strengthening exercises, along with activities and tasks that require increasing difficulty levels with manual dexterity.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

This high-intensity program is designed to target balance, gait, and cognition for people living with Alzheimer's Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors

Tai chi, an ancient martial art characterized by slow, flowing movement and meditation, helps improve balance and movement control for people with Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer's disease. Past studies have shown that tai chi reduces falls and depression among the elderly, and lessens pain for patients with arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Seniors

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Intersex people, Seniors, People with disabilities

Related Program

Power H.I.T.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to never deny anyone the opportunity to participate based on financial limitations. As such, we provide assistance with tuition if needed.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Until 2020 (COVID), the program participation has continued to grow. People involved with the program as well as local neurologists, continue to recommend the program to others.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Several group coaches are volunteers. The Executive Director & Head coach transitioned from volunteer to paid employees in 2019 and 2020. No volunteer assistants for most of 2020 due to COVID.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through specific exercise programs, Fighting to Win aims to improve quality of life for those living with Parkinson's Disease or Alzheimer's Disease (or Mild Cognitive Impairment). Rigorous exercise programs are used with the goal of affecting changes in the brain (neuroplasticity) and retraining synapses in the brain to utilize dopamine more efficiently in people living with Parkinson's Disease. In addition, exercise increases blood flow to the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain that is damaged in people living with Alzheimer's. The goal is to introduce rigorous exercise in early stage Alzheimer's or Mild Cognitive Impairment, to delay the progression of Alzheimer's.

By continuously staying informed about the latest research related to exercise, Fighting to Win will continue to add or modify programs that provide the best opportunity to delay the progression of the symptoms of these diseases. Since one form of exercise does not appeal to all people, Fighting to Win continues to add new programs that have been shown to show promising preliminary or final results. People are provided with a safe, professional, and supportive environment that often restores hope and purpose to lives.

Coaches are certified to provide the training to ensure consistency and to ensure the safety of all participants. The facility is equipped with padded floors and appropriate equipment to ensure the safety of each participant. Volunteers are used to supplement each class so that participants have one-on-one assistance if required.

Fighting to Win was initially launched with one program, and targeted only those people living with Parkinson's Disease. Since inception in late 2015, five additional programs have been added, and the population served has been expanded to include people living with Alzheimer's Disease and to people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment. The goal is to expand services to offer group fitness for other neurological concerns, to include stroke rehabilitation as the next planned addition. The vision is to offer a place where people can continue their rehabilitation after insurance ceases to cover Physical Therapy. Additional programs for Multiple Sclerosis are planned for late 2021.

Financials

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Fighting To Win Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Wilkerson

Fluor Corporation

Term: 2015 -

Kathy Tuckey

Augusta University Movement and Memory Disorder Program

Ashley Dernberger

Savannah River Remediation

Charlotte Chatto

Augusta University, Department of Physical Therapy

Robert Bissell

South State Bank

Dee Dee Kurilla

Kamo Facility Solutions, Industrial Sales

Barbara Trulock

Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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