Swiss challenge Parkinson's with electrodes in the brain

A Swiss man with Parkinson's disease who has traveled more than 1,100 kilometers in the Alps to raise awareness of the disease, which affects the nervous system, is preparing for a new challenge after undergoing surgery to implant electrodes in the brain.

Yves Oberson battled muscle cramps and other symptoms to complete his three-month journey last year.

"What motivated me to take this trip was that I wanted to introduce people more to this really unknown disease," Oberson, 52, said. "So I did something that I thought was important and that people might sympathize with. Some people understood more than I expected. The results exceeded expectations."

Oberson, a professional golfer, developed Parkinson's disease when he was 35 in 2004. Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that causes tremors, difficulty walking, balance and coordination, and symptoms worsen over time.

Oberson intends to do a new challenge, which he did not disclose details of. "In this new challenge, there will be a bike, a tricycle, and I will have a bike dedicated to me."

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