Our Hero Jessie Runs for Parkinson’s to Support her Dad

Our hero this week is Jessie who took part in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival to support her Dad who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 5 years ago.  After keeping her Dad’s diagnosis in the family for so long it was a great way for Jessie to share her story with friends and colleagues while raising awareness and funds for a cure.   Jessie has already started planning more fundraising events and to kick it off she is hosting a “Start of Summer Party” for her friends and family.

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

About 5 years ago my Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s which was a shock to him and my whole family. However, he took the diagnosis in his stride, continued to work full time in the Blue Mountains, play tennis every weekend, travel, work in the garden and enjoy life. He is now retired and while he still does most of the things listed above, his Parkinson’s is more obvious and that’s been hard. He is still my Dad just with a few changes. A cure would be the best thing and only research will help that!

Why Shake It Up Australia?

I signed up to do Blackmores 10km Bridge Run and as part of the registration there was an incentive to get your rego fee back if you fundraised for a charity. While that was great I took it as an opportunity to finally raise money for Parkinson’s. For so many years we kept Dads diagnosis in the family so it was great to be able to share my story and raise money for Shake it Up- an organisation that I had heard about before but not know a lot about. Having a background working in a not-for-profit I know how vital research is so it was the easiest decision.

Tell us what you are doing to Shake Things Up?

The Blackmores 10km was the first event where I had fundraised for Shake it Up. I raised close to $1500 and that has inspired me to keep going with my fundraising in new and creative ways. I am hoping to hold a few events this year and next as well as continuing to participate in events where I can set two challenges for myself – the event and fundraising for Shake it Up!

Greatest Reward?

As mentioned above, it’s just wonderful to be able to share my story to bring much needed attention to Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s  research.

Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

Start small like I did and find an event where you can fundraise for Shake it Up. You will be surprised how many people will get behind you

Learn more about how you can get involved and help shake things up for a cure.
Together we can make a difference!