Celebrity Fight Night remembers, honors Muhammad Ali

Celebrity Fight Night is continuing to honor and remember the late Muhammad Ali by praising The Champ’s good work in the Valley of the Sun and contributions he made fighting Parkinson’s disease for all.

The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital is now the most comprehensive Parkinson’s facility in the country thanks to the support of Celebrity Fight Night, which would not be possible without Ali’s sacrificial participation amidst the struggle of his disease, according to a press release.

“He sacrificed his own time to make appearances because he cared, and he never gave up,” stated Celebrity Fight Night Founder Jimmy Walker, in the release. “He never wanted anyone to feel sorry for him, since he certainly did not feel sorry for himself.”

Ali, Walker and Abraham Lieberman, MD established the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 1997.  The Center is funded by donations, with Celebrity Fight Night as its primary funding source.

The Center’s original facility was 5,000 square feet.  With the largest donation in its history in 2012 from Celebrity Fight Night, the center began expanding its facility and is now over 25,000 square feet.

Mr. Walker says Ali’s active participation in Celebrity Fight Night attracted celebrities from all over the world, who join together for one night every year in Phoenix at Celebrity Fight Night to raise important dollars for many worthy causes, primarily the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

Since 1997, Ali only missed one event in almost 20 years. Even this past year on April 9, 2016 Ali was there to raise money and shake hands. Thanks to Ali, Celebrity Fight Night has been able to raise more than $120 million throughout its 22 year history, the release stated.

Ali would often visit with Parkinson’s patients at the Parkinson Center giving them encouragement.

The Greatest also regularly joined CFN for visits to feed the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Phoenix and he visited the corporate offices of large financial supporters of Celebrity Fight Night just to say thank you in person.

Ali also visited other celebrities’ foundation events throughout the year to show his appreciation for their support.

“He wanted to make a difference,” stated Mr. Walker. “Muhammad wanted to be at everything so people knew he appreciated them and cared about them and don’t forget, he did this and so much more all while living with the daily struggles of a debilitating disease for which there was no cure.”

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