Hi, thanks for visiting my page.
As Oscar Wilde might have said, "to do your first marathon at 60 may seem a challenge however to do you second at 61 may seem somewhat fanatical"
So how did I get myself into this situation with 47 days to countdown on the 23rd April ? Well ......
Firstly last year was such a great craic. The crowd, especially my fan club, was amazing and I enjoyed all 6 hours of it.
Secondly my supporters were amazing, raising £16,685 for Parkinson UK to help fund research and provide supportive care. Since I was diagnosed 3 years ago I have learned so much about the disease and I am now feeling really optimistic that a breakthrough is possible and some serious advances will be made soon to help control the disease.
Finally I feel I can still do it and exercise is so critical for my treatment. Many of my symptoms mean I am not able to continue working and I have tried to use my time to maintain as active a life as possible to slow the progress of the disease. Last year I also climbed a volcano which was actually tougher than the marathon.
For those of you that don't know, I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with Parkinson's. I started to notice a tremor in my left hand. Although I initially put this down to stress, it continued to persist and after seeking advice from my family doctor I consulted a neurologist where my Parkinson’s diagnosis was confirmed. A few years ago, all I knew about Parkinson’s was that the Pope, Mohamed Ali and Billy Connolly had it. I now know considerably more, including that globally there are 10 million people living with Parkinson’s
I want to raise as much money as possible to help existing patients manage the disease and help research find a cure. Last October Pauline and I visited the World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. It was really enlightening to see all the projects funded and supported by Parkinson UK and encouraging to see how many brilliant dedicated doctors and scientists are working on finding a cure. I feel they are on the verge of a major breakthrough but research needs money. I have to raise £2000 as part of Parkinson’s team so I have put this as my primary target, however, with your support I believe we can achieve that and more. I am also raising money for Parkinson's Ireland and Malaysian Parkinson's both of which do amazing work to support patients. Parkinson Ireland got special mention in Portland for their patientsupport Check out my face book for more on that.
Thank you so much for your donations and support.