Freecall Infoline

1800 644 189



Nov. 20, 2019

Judy Phelan was a successful business woman - an award-winning caterer operating a restaurant in a re-modelled 1930s train carriage - when diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 53.




Since her diagnosis almost 20 years ago, Judy has been a supportive fundraiser for Parkinson’s research – and she has now told her story as the face of the Parkinson’s Victoria 2019 End of Year Appeal.

“For many years, I was hopeful a cure would be discovered in my lifetime. But, like thousands of others, I’m still waiting. I often think about how different my life would have been if it had,” Judy said.

“Holidays would certainly be easier. I get exhausted by all the extra activity this time of year and very emotional. I think about not being able to wrap gifts for my grandchildren or run around with them in the yard.

“Although I loved my career, I was looking forward to retirement and often imagined the ‘hands-on’ grandma I’d be, but I never got that chance. My husband Ian misses out on being a grandpa too because his time is dedicated to looking after me,” she said.

Judy started fundraising for Parkinson’s Victoria through A Walk in the Park – and to this day, remains one of the event's major fundraisers.

“I don’t want our community to just rely on the faint hope of a cure, I want them to benefit from ground-breaking research that improves how they live now. You need to know it’s not enough just to survive, we need to live well. Research is the key to making that happen,” Judy said.

“That’s why I hope you’ll stand with us today in support of Parkinson’s research with a kind gift this festive season. It could bring the next Parkinson’s breakthrough closer, or even find that elusive cure. I know we haven’t got there yet, but if we work together, it’s possible.”

Parkinson’s Victoria CEO Emma Collin said Parkinson’s Victoria relied on community support and donations to help deliver vital support services, demand for which is increasing every year.

In 2018-19, donations, bequests and community fundraising made up 64% of our operation revenue, while Government funding contributed just 15%.

That’s why we need your help to ensure we can continue to support the needs of the growing number of Victorians living with Parkinson's and their families.

Your gift will also support Parkinson’s research with the potential to truly change lives. This could mean new medical devices or medications, or advancements in community care, such as pioneering exercise programs.

So, this Festive Season please give the gift of hope for tomorrow – and help for today – for the growing number of Victorians living with Parkinson’s.

How to donate

Click here to donate securely to our Appeal now or call Parkinson’s Victoria on 03 8809 0400 and we can help you process a credit card transaction.

Alternatively, you can mail a cheque or money order to us at:

Parkinson’s Victoria
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 throughout 2019.


Back to all articles