TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An assisted living facility in Terre Haute had a mission Tuesday to “Pump it for Parkinson’s.”

The exercising event is held in recognition of Parkinson’s disease awareness month. The Westminster Community ad a goal of reaching 30,000 steps by the end of the day using a new step machine.

About 90,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year in the US. Because the symptoms can be similar to other illnesses, the Westminster staff says it’s important to raise awareness about it.

“It’s hard to actually distinguish who has Parkinson’s and who doesn’t but once somebody does, they’re highly encouraged to exercise just again to help diminish those declines in fitness and health,” said Michael Sweitzer, fitness center manager at Westminster Village.

Sweitzer says the event got off to a great start, so they were confident they’d reach their 30,000-step goal.