Hometown Health:April is Parkinson'sDisease Awareness Month. It's estimated that asmany as 1-million Americans have the progressive disease which has symptoms of shaking andtremors. Most are diagnosed when they're in their 50s or 60s. WDBJ7's SusanBahorich has the story of one man was who just 27 when he found out he had Parkinson's. Jean,It's been 3-years since, doctors diagnosed David Chedester with Parkinson's Disease. Since that time he'sfocused on educating others about the disease and raising money for a cure- hislatest challenge will be crossing the Grand Canyon. David Chedester :Diagnosed August 2011.Had symptoms since I was 18. The last 3-years have been a journey for David Chedester. From devastatingdiagnosis and acceptance to putting that energyinto movement and running the NewYork City Marathon in November as part of Team Fox. David Chedester: Ittook me 5.5 hrs to run it. I'm a chubby kid from Kentucky, I haterunning but man crossing that finishline I can't even explain what that feeling is.. David Chedester ..crossing that finish line was the icing on thecake .. it was an unbelievable experience.For the 2nd year in a row, Chedester raised 5- thousand dollars for the Michael J. FoxFoundation. The actor has been livingthe disease since the 90s. Now Fox'sfoundation has invited him foranother challenge. sb: are you ready?dc: hahaha .. I don't think you're ever really ready to hike the GrandCanyon, but I guess I'm about as ready as you could be.. hahaHe and about 12- others will hike the canyon fromthe South Rim to the North Rim in oneday. In all about 25-miles. It's about 6k feet above sea level which is about 3- times as high as what the Mill Mountain Star is, so it's pretty high. The hike goes down to the canyon so you get to about 1800 ft above sea level going down and then coming back up youget up to almost 8500. When WDBJ7 first met Chedester2-years ago, he says he was onnearly a dozen- medications a day. Today, he is medicine free and keeping hisParkinson's symptoms at bay with clean eating andlots of exercise. His hike in the Grand Canyon is just under a month away. He's already raised 25-hundred dollars and hopes to raise alot more. You can check in on his progress and training on WDBJ7.com.Susan Bahorich, wdbj7.