Our hero this week is Stephanie who took on the Noosa Triathlon to raise funds for a cure. Seeing the impact that Parkinson’s has on her Dad inspired Stephanie to get involved and raise awareness and funds to provide a better quality of life and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 2 years ago and seeing how the disease impacts his life, and our family’s lives, urges me to raise awareness and funds to provide people with PD a better quality of life and ultimately find a cure. A lot of people don’t understand the disease and its symptoms (physical and cognitive), my aim is to spread the word so that more people are aware of the effects.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
100% of the funding goes towards research which is a big plus – not all NFP organisations adhere to this. As we all know the brain is an expensive and difficult organ to research and do testing on, so the more funding the better to get closer to our goal sooner.
Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?
I competed in the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday, November 5th. I completed the gruelling race in 25+ degree heat – a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run which I finished in 3hr 15mins. I hit my target by race day which I was thrilled with and I hope the money can help towards research.
Being able to pass on my knowledge to people who don’t know about Parkinson’s, a greater understanding of the disease will go a long way to gain more support and funding.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
Create an event that everyone and anyone can participate in – make it fun for all to get involved and spread the word.
Find out how you can get involved and help “Shake It Up” for a cure.