Donate today and help support your community this Festive Season
Dec. 07, 2018
Behind every picture is a story. For 27,000 Victorians, that is the story of a life altered by Parkinson's.
And it’s on behalf of these people that we reach out to you this Festive Season to ask for your support.
John McKenzie and his wife Maria are the faces of our 2018 end-of-year appeal. John’s story is one of the many inspiring stories we see in our community every day. John is a fighter and a strong advocate for the Parkinson’s community. His positive attitude inspires others.
No-one chooses Parkinson’s. The choice is in how you respond to the life-changing diagnosis.
John chooses to remain positive, no matter what’s thrown at him. When he developed a life-threatening infection following his first Deep Brain Stimulation operation, he didn’t give up. He booked himself in to try again and is due to undergo surgery again in the coming days!
“Whatever it is in life, if you keep plugging away, you’ll get somewhere. If you do nothing, that’s what you’ll get,” he says.
John also helps others on their Parkinson’s journey as a Support Group Coordinator.
“My role in the Support Group is to say… look, it’s not as bad as you think it is! You don’t die of Parkinson’s, you live with it. The key is education and support.”
Parkinson’s Victoria plays a vital role supporting people like John to live the best life possible – whether it is the 4685 people who call our Health Information Phone Service annually, the 2980 who attend our community education sessions or the 72 support groups we assist around Victoria.
“The support of Parkinson’s Victoria has been essential. It’s so good to have them so you can call up, to see if something or other is normal, to get help,” Maria says.
As a not-for-profit organisation, Parkinson’s Victoria relies heavily on donations from the public to help us deliver these vital services.
You can help strengthen the foundation that supports Victorians living with Parkinson’s. Please choose to support people like John so they can live a better life this Festive Season and into the future.
Where you donation goes
How to donate
Click here to donate securely now to our Appeal or call Parkinson’s Victoria on 03 8809 0400 with your credit card handy.
Alternatively, you can mail a cheque or money order to us at:
PO Box 239
Surrey Hills, VIC 3127
On behalf of the Parkinson's community of Victoria, we would like to thank you for your generous support this Festive Season.