An Australian businessman has partnered with Hollywood star Michael J Fox to raise money for Australian researchers to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago at the age of 44, Clyde Campbell decided to take action by creating Shake It Up Foundation.
The father of three then met the actor and the board of The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, winning approval to establish Team Fox Australia as its official fundraising arm.
The foundation has so far secured $1 million in funding for its first year of programs and another $2 million commitment in dollar for dollar contributions for the first three years.
But Mr Campbell said there isn’t enough funding to help find a cure.
“The burden of disease, or cost to the economy, is estimated to be more than $7 billion,” he said.
“Twenty-five people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed every day in Australia and the number of people with Parkinson’s is expected to triple by 2033 to around 240,000.
“While we have already established a good base-line of funding of $1 million, we need the support of individuals and corporates to help raise our funding to $5 million in our first three years.”
Shake It Up will also support the expansion of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) research project to Australia.
“Our collaboration with Clyde Campbell and the Shake It Up Foundation will maximise our joint efforts to build the base of high-impact Parkinson’s research in Australia and bring PPMI down under, making it a truly global study,” Fox said in a statement.