Brother and sister duo, Tim and Abby, are challenging themselves to run for Parkinson’s this year. They were originally planning to run the 21km Gold Coast Half Marathon, but Abby injured herself in training and they postponed their challenge, instead opting to make up the 21km by running in the Bridge to Brisbane AND the Wynnum/Manly Foreshore Run. They completed the Bridge to Brisbane on the weekend and have so far raised $1,320 for Parkinson’s research!
We spoke with Abby to hear more about their connection to Parkinson’s.
What inspires your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
I fundraise because my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016 at only 58. Every since then, I’ve fundraised for either research for cures, or for support for people living with PD.
What are you doing to ‘shake things up’ and fundraise?
I’m running two races to fundraise – the 5km Bridge to Brisbane which just passed (did it 39 mins!) and the Wynnum-Manly Foreshore run (15km) on Brisbane’s Bayside in October.
What advice would you give to others looking to make a difference for Parkinson’s?
I honestly don’t know if I’m in a position to give advice! But I would just say every little bit truly does help. Put yourself out there, and especially put yourself out of your comfort zone as people will support you for doing something different! And when it gets hard (some days it was really hard for me make it through my run 😅) just remember why you’re doing it.
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