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.
What are you doing to shake things up and fundraise?
I am running 100km on Saturday, 26th of September. It’ll be tough! It is slightly less than double my longest training run to date. I have no idea what physical and mental challenges I will face in the lead up to the run or on the big night/day. I am closely following my google searched training plan and Dr Google is giving me plenty of tips for hydration, nutrition, pacing and preparation.
How will you feel coming up to the 100km finish line?
Busted! Fitness should hopefully carry me to 60km. I’ll have to dig very deep for that final 40km.
Check out Dom’s video of his challenge below and donate to his challenge.
You can get involved too by setting yourself a challenge and fundraising for Shake It Up.