The Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation (LDBF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2014 by Paul Delgado and Larry & Ellie Kahn. Paul Delgado, an International Boxing Federation (IBF) Welterweight Champion and Southern New England Golden Gloves Champion, began boxing at the age of 12 under the mentorship of Nate “Pops” Livramento, the namesake of the LDBF organization. In 2010, Larry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and summoned his inner “gladiator,” and, along with his wife Ellie, began to meticulously research ways to combat Parkinson’s disease (PD).
From their research, they discovered that a robust regime and varied, vigorous exercise, could improve symptoms and can delay the progression of the disease and dramatically improve the quality of life for people living with PD. From this research, Paul, Larry and Ellie joined forces and created LDBF developing a vigorous, non-contact boxing exercise program specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease.
LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s program is part of the PD Gladiators Fitness Network and is sponsored by the Parkinson’s Foundation http://parkinson.org and Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia https://www.parkinson.org/Georgia.