Our Hero this Week is Fiona who was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s

Our hero this week is Fiona who was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s (YOPD). Fiona’s diagnosis made her reevaluate what’s important. With a young family she would love to see a cure in her lifetime, and every dollar raised makes that more of a possibility.

What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?

It’s very personal for me. I was diagnosed with YOPD last year. I still have school-aged kids, so improved treatments or a cure would mean a very different future for our family. I would love to see a cure in my lifetime, and every dollar we raise makes that more of a possibility.

Why Shake It Up Australia?

Shake It Up are doing amazing things towards PD research. I wanted to work with an Australian organisation, but who partnered globally – and Shake It Up was the easy choice.

Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?

I’m dragging my family along for the City2Surf again. Last year we raised $2000, and I’m hoping to make that again. I did promise my boys we’d look for a different challenge next year though, so I want to do something totally different! You can support Fiona and her family by making a donation to her fundraising page

Greatest Reward?

Feeling all the support and good will from all our family and friends willing us on and behind us all the way towards a cure. It’s quite overwhelming.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

I think we all need a reminder to shake up our lives occasionally. My diagnosis made me reevaluate what’s important and better appreciate what I have. PD has meant some doors have shut for me, but I know there are other new ones out there waiting to open for me too.

Running is an athletic event is a great way to make a difference. Register for an event in your state and fundraise for Parkinson’s. 100% of all donations fund Australian Parkinson’s research. Together we can find a cure.


Watch this video to hear Fiona’s story