Tom does 10,000 push ups for Parkinson’s
Thursday, 22nd July 2021

How many push ups can you do?

Our fundraising hero this week is Tom who has taken on a monumental challenge to complete 10,000 push ups for Parkinson’s. Tom is motivated by his Mum, who has Parkinson’s, and his desire to make a difference towards a future without Parkinson’s. Tom is already over halfway on his push up challenge and has raised $4,605 for Parkinson’s research. Hear more about his story below.

What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?

My Mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49 and has been living with her diagnosis now for 12 years. She has continued to live her life to the fullest extent despite her symptoms and I am very proud of what she has achieved during that time. My commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s is to see the day Mum doesn’t need to rely on her medication to live her life.

What did you do to fundraise?

I set myself a push up challenge to fundraise, setting a goal of 10,000 push ups over 10 weeks. This has been a great challenge as I can punch out a few push ups almost anywhere and is a good indoor activity for the winter months.

What would a cure to Parkinson’s mean to you?

A cure to Parkinson’s would mean a less challenging life for my mum and anyone else living with Parkinson’s.

What advice do you have to others looking to make a difference?

My advice for anyone else looking to make a difference is to just jump in and give it a crack! You will find people to be very encouraging, supporting and generous. Every little bit helps and we need to work together to find a cure!

Challenge yourself for Parkinson’s and make a difference. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to Australian Parkinson’s research to speed up a cure.

Find out more today or contact our Fundraising and Events Manager, Isobel to get started.