Our hero this week is Dom, who is running 100km in a single effort for his Uncle Gaz who has Parkinson’s. He’s already raised $5k. This enormous challenge was inspired by Gaz and the challenges Parkinson’s brings to his life. Dom said “We have watched Gaz totally lose his independence. When he couldn’t balance on a pushbike properly on a family holiday in Vietnam we all had a bit of a laugh, including Gaz. Fast forward eight years and he is wheelchair bound, requires assistance in all aspects of his life, is unable to verbally communicate or hold a facial expression, requires full time care in a modified house and even the thought of going outside is an enormous challenge.” We asked Dom to tell us more about his 100km challenge.
What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
I have two commitment drivers. Firstly, watching the rapid deterioration in the quality of life for my uncle is a pretty strong driver. Secondly, shining a light on the affects that Parkinson’s has on the family is another driver. My aunty went from being a full time teacher to a full time carer in the space of only a few years. She is the strongest and most resilient person I know. Parkinson’s has halted and flipped her life upside down too.