What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s?
I have a nephew that I’m very close to that was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. He was diagnosed at the age of 30. I have also had several friends that have had loved ones diagnosed with Parkinson’s and this was a way that I could help.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
To be honest, because my nephew had raised over $10,000.00 by running a marathon through Shake It Up Australia Foundation and I asked him how he went about it and straight away he put me straight onto the foundation.
Tell us what you are doing/did to Shake Things Up?
I’ve always tried to remain active, so this wasn’t the first time that I’ve participated in the Argyle swim. In fact, it was my 4th time but this time instead of doing it just for the sake of it, I thought it would be a great idea to use it to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and Shake It Up Australia Foundation.
The greatest reward was knowing that what I was doing for my own personal reasons now had an added value of helping raise money for Shake It Up Australia and that not only would my nephew potentially benefit from it but all sufferers of Parkinson’s could. Also in the process of looking for a cure for Parkinson’s other neurological diseases may by chance benefit from the research made possible by Shake It Up Australia Foundation.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
Just do it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It’s not a competition, it doesn’t matter how much you raise, every little bit helps!
I’d like to add is that in my opinion, the real hero in our family is Leigh and his wife Tracey. Leigh is my nephew that has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it has been a very tough journey for them and it’s not getting any easier. They have two beautiful young children and it breaks my heart to witness what they have to endure. Leigh has his good days and bad days but he always tries to remain positive and the good days are becoming less and less.
Why not consider a swim! Australia is a country of beaches and Spring/Summer is a great time to get in the ocean. Find an event in your state.