Our Hero Kim runs the SMH Half Marathon for his Dad

Kim’s Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago and to raise funds and awareness he ran the  SMH Half Marathon. Completing the half marathon is a great reward in itself, but for Kim the greatest reward was having everyone donate to the cause, and help raise awareness. Kim Riley runs the SMH Half Marathon for Parkinson's

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

A few years ago my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This was a big shock to our tight – knit family.

My father is only 66 years old but Parkinson’s has taken it’s toll on him. My mum is also his full time carer which is a struggle within itself.

Prior to my father’s diagnosis, I , like so many other people, did not know anything about Parkinson’s Disease. With the disease not having a cure and a true known case, research is key.

Why Shake It Up Australia?

Simply because 100% of the donations go to research. Also being backed by the Michael J Fox Foundation is great. Everyone is familiar with that foundation which is great for Parkinson’s awareness.

Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?

My challenge this year was the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon. I had never completed one before. I committed to doing this in a certain time and also having a goal of funding I wanted to reach. I achieved both.

Greatest Reward?

Completing the half marathon was a great reward in itself, but the greatest reward was having everyone donate to the cause, and also raising awareness. A lot of people didn’t know about my Dad, but through this experience they know what Parkinson’s disease is, what it can do and how many people live with it on a daily basis. I was incredibly touched by people’s donations and encouragement.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

Every little bit counts. Whether you raise $10,000 or $10, it’s all matters. Also talk about Parkinson’s. It’s such an unknown disease in the general public, and awareness must be raised to help find a cure.

With running season in full swing there are plenty of events being held around the country that you can get involved in and help raise funds for a Parkinson’s cure.    Find an event in your state and register today.