Our hero this week is Lucy, who was planning to run the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon recently. When the event was cancelled due to the Sydney Covid-19 lock down, Lucy didn’t hesitate and instead ran her own half marathon in the local area.
Lucy ran the half marathon in her target time of 2 hours and raised $1,055 for Parkinson’s research along the way. Congratulations to Lucy! We caught up with Lucy via email to hear more about her motivation.
What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
When my mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s almost 4 years ago, she was newly retired, active in the community and physically active playing tennis, riding her bike, walking, and gardening. I was quite surprised by the diagnosis, but very quickly I realised two of my close friends had parent’s also with Parkinson’s. It is surprisingly common but not something you hear people talk about often.
It has been heart breaking watching my ‘energiser bunny’ of a mum become fatigued after simple activities, and watch her world slowly become limited by the condition. This is what has motivated me to fundraise for Shake It Up Australia. We must find a cure and improve the lives of people suffering Parkinson’s.