This week’s hero Joanna made her Dad’s 80th birthday one to remember. Instead of gifts Joanna’s Dad Michael asked for guests to donate to Shake it Up in order to help find a cure for the disease that has affected his quality of life over the past 20 years.
What drives your commitment to find a cure for Parkinsons?
My Dad Michael Stephens was diagnosed with PD 20 years ago when he was 60. My family and I have watched him live with the disease over the years and would dearly love to see a cure in his lifetime.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
My family and I chose Shake it Up because of the great work the foundation is doing so far. My Dad Michael also liked the fact he was donating to a foundation that is linked directly with the other more famous Michael (Michael J Fox).
Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?
Just recently my Dad celebrated his 80th birthday with a wonderful party. He had 60 of his family and friends help him celebrate his 80 years of life. Instead receiving gifts
He asked his guests to donate to Shake it Up in order to help find a cure for the disease that has affected his quality of life over the past 20 years.
My greatest reward was to watch Dad enjoy the company of his guests at his birthday party. There was dancing, eating and lots of cake. Best of all we raised a fantastic amount of money thanks to the generosity of all of Dad’s nearest and dearest friends and relatives.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
Shake It Up make it easy to organise an event of any kind. Whether it be a party, sporting event or small gathering, its worth raising awareness and funds for PD.
If you would like to get involved and help fund Parkinson’s research join the team for Pause 4 Parkinson’s.
Participating is easy – simply gather your friends and family or work colleagues and hold an event anytime in April doing something you love! Maybe a morning tea, golf day, wine and cocktail night, movie night or a sausage sizzle.