On 2 June 2013, Joanne Tremonti will be moving to make a difference for people living with Parkinson’s in what will surely be her biggest fitness challenge ever - the epic ‘Comrades’ 89km run to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.
Joanne’s inspiration? Her dad Gerry, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year.
Along the way, Joanne is hoping to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and she’s committed to raising $3,000 to help fund our information and support services, to help other people like her dad face the everyday challenge of living with Parkinson’s.
Joanne shares some of her story on her online fundraising page:
“Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive and life-long condition for which at present there is no cure. It has a degenerative effect on the central nervous system which includes shaking and eventually can stop people from moving. Thirty Australians are diagnosed each day with Parkinson’s.
Last year, my Dad, Gerry, was one of them. Most people associate Gerry with his love of fermented hops but each day he used to run (even with a hangover caused by said hops), which is where my love for running came from.
Parkinson’s Victoria is working to reduce the day to day impact of Parkinson’s on individuals, carers and families whilst at the same time helping to find a cure for this condition. You can help too by sponsoring me in Comrades to support the work Parkinson’s Victoria does.”
Read more about Joanne’s incredible challenge: http://www.australianwomenonline.com/australian-daughter-running-for-parkinsons-in-south-africa/
Donate at Joanne’s fundraising page: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/joanne_tremonti_2