Our Shake It Up Hero Hosts a Baseball Game for Parkinson’s

Our hero this week is Anthony who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 46.  With his mother also living with Parkinson’s, a young family and a career he chose to get involved.  Anthony hosted a baseball game for family and friends which included a BBQ, cupcake sale and a raffle.  He was amazed at the support and generosity he received and encourages everyone to have a go at raising some money, every little bit counts. 

Anthony Overs hosts a Baseball match for Parkinson'sWhat Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?

It’s plain and simple, I have Parkinson’s disease. I was diagnosed two years ago at the age of 46. That was obviously a life changing moment, and a big shock to an active person with a young family and a career (and a mortgage!). My mother also has the disease. She was diagnosed at 57. I want to see a much improved prognosis for myself and all others with Parkinson’s.

Why Shake It Up Australia?

Shake It Up Australia has raised a lot of money that supports collaborative, cutting-edge research that is internationally significant. That should be reason enough to begin with. However, it is the donations aspect of the foundation which is incredibly appealing to me and many other people. Some prominent Australian charities spend more than 40 percent of their income on administrative costs. Importantly, all money donated to Shake It Up Australia goes to research. This is so valuable, and only made possible through the generosity of the foundation’s directors.

Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?

I chose to support Shake It Up Australia for the first time in April this year by holding a fundraiser centred around a social game of baseball. I received excellent support for the event from my baseball club colleagues and team mates. We had some come-and-try activities for family and friends that hadn’t tried baseball before, and the event incorporated a barbecue, cupcake sale and a raffle. Despite some inclement weather the fundraiser was well supported and I raised $2227. Not bad for a first effort, and I aim to go higher next year.

Greatest Reward?

I was thrilled to receive such amazing support and generosity for the fundraiser from my family and friends. The ultimate reward will be to have better treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. Better support for young onset people is essential.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

First of all, talk about the disease. Many people still do not know exactly how the disease affects individuals, particularly those in the young onset category. Raise awareness and share information. Have a go at raising some money, every little bit counts.

Learn more about how your can get involved and help shake things up for a cure.
Together we can make a difference!