Our hero this week is Jani who decided to put herself out of her comfort zone by competing in Run Melbourne. Having seen the impact on her Dad who lives with Parkinson’s, and her Mum who cares for him inspired her to make a difference and fundraise for a cure.
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
I am driven to find a cure for Parkinson’s because I see directly how it affects people like my step Dad who has the disease and is in the advanced stages. And also how this impacts on my Mum who cares for him and lives with it daily. When I would visit my parents I would often feel frustrated and sad at not being able to make their situation better and of course, I can’t do anything to change that so I found something that I could do and made it fun.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
I believe Australia to be among the highest in the world in scientific research and Shake It Up Australia is no exception. Their determination and dedication to their work in finding a cure for Parkinson’s is inspiring.
Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?
To shake things up I decided to do something that I have never done before. I have always done some kind of sport but never running so thought I’d give the Run Melbourne event a go as a challenge to take on something new.
I really enjoyed the training and self discovery aspects of preparing for an event but it was most rewarding watching the support roll in from friends and family.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
There are limitless excuses for why we shouldn’t do something but you only need one reason for why you could. Finding your own way to do what you can.
There are so many athletic events being held right around the country that you can fundraise in for Shake It Up. Find one in your state and lets “Shake It Up” for a cure.