Our Heroes the McAllister Family Shake It Up for Parkinson’s

McAllister Family Shake It Up for Parkinson'sOur heroes this week are the McAllister family who rallied behind their Father Bruce McAllister who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s just over two weeks ago. They wasted no time getting involved and turned their Dad’s diagnosis into doing something positive to help find a cure.

The McAllister family came together and registered to do the family 3.5km bridge walk in the Sydney Blackmore Running Festival. In less than a week their team “Big Mac’s Shake” raised over $3,200, taking out the highest team fundraiser, in addition to Bruce McAllister taking out the highest individual fundraiser.

What drives our commitment

Our Dad, he is and always will be our hero.

Why Shake It Up

The day after Dad’s diagnosis, we googled Parkinson’s charity Australia and found Shake it up.

As noted we are all focused on assisting to find a cure but more importantly showing dad just how many people support and love him and potentially aligning him with an organisation that will assist to develop a network of support people and like-minded affected people.

Was to see just how overwhelmed with happiness dad was with the support generated in such a short period of time, we only really started on the Wednesday before the race. Seeing how proud he was to be the one on the team to raise the highest amount. Not often as a family we all get together, and on the day we had three generations and partners walking with him. A day none of us will forget. Catching the train to and from allowed us to have some really good belly laughs together while all learning how to best communicate with dad around the disease rather than it being taboo.

Greatest Reward

Was to see just how overwhelmed with happiness dad was with the support generated in such a short period of time. Seeing how proud he was of our fundraising efforts and fact he was the highest fundraiser in our team. Seeing the family together while catching the train to and from the event and on the walk having such a great time and good belly laughs together while learning how to best communicate with dad around the disease rather than it being taboo. To be blessed to have such amazing family and friends always there to support us.

Best way to Shake It Up.

Having the personal connection to the disease made it very easy.

We didn’t just ask people to donate, instead first asking them to join us on our special day making that emotional connection and support our key goal. We believed if this was done well, the donations would follow, and they did which we are very grateful for!

There is still time to support the family and help raise funds for research by making  a donation to their fundraising page

 

If you would like to get involved and help find a cure for Parkinson’s,  head on over to our ‘Getting Involved’ section and find out how you can make a difference.