Our hero Clare celebrates her birthday and raises over $11k for Parkinson’s research

Our hero this week is Clare who celebrated her 70th birthday at a good restaurant with 45 family and friends from around Australia and New Zealand. The evening was a great success, in part because of the generosity of those present donating $11,650 to Shake It Up for Australian Parkinson’s research.

What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?

Attempting to find ways of limiting the effect of PD on my body and my daily activities so that I and others can live as normal a life as possible.  At this stage we don’t have a reliable blood or other diagnostic test.

Why Shake It Up Australia?

Your Foundation was recommended by my neurologist for funding Parkinson’s research.

Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?

Bringing friends together from around Australia and New Zealand to enjoy themselves visiting Canberra, and using the opportunity to raise funds for much-needed research.

Greatest Reward?

To find both a diagnostic test and a cure for Parkinson’s Disease, in part to protect my children having to go through what my mother (who had PD) and I experienced.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

Think of novel ways to raise money


About Clare

Clare Daly White was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1947 and has lived in Australia since 1969.  After holding a number of junior and senior positions in the university sector (research administration and management) she retired in 2003 to Batemans Bay.  She became secretary of the Eurobodalla Parkinson’s Support Group, a position she held for 10 years.

She returned to Canberra in 2014 to more easily access better services for the treatment of her Parkinson’s. In June 2015 she underwent DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) surgery in Sydney which eliminated her dyskinesia and reduced the tremors in her upper body.

70th birthday raises funds for Australian Parkinson's research

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