A few years ago my father was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. For those of you who are familiar with this disease you will know and understand the lack of knowledge both socially and on a medical front. As for those who are not aware it is a very hard and painful thing to deal with on a day to day basis and it is very difficult to watch someone you love and admire go through, to read more about the disease go here.
Over time I became frustrated and depressed at the fact that there was nothing i could do to help my dad. I have never been one to sit back and just watch as things fall apart, especially when it involves someone as dear and important to me as my father. So I while I could not cure my dad I felt there had to be something I could do to support him and anyone else in the same position. That is where Pedal for Parkinson's came in.
When my father was diagnosed he was told that a way in which he could slow progression of the disease was to eat healthy and get exercise, as a result of this both my mother and father got into cycling. Be it early mornings before work, weekend outings with a picnic or even participation in organised rides like the Great Victorian Bike Ride my parents would be there ready and raring to go.
As a result of this passion for cycling my parents have developed I saw it as only fitting I did a cycle to support the cause. So on February the 14th I will be leaving the Sydney Opera House with fellow cyclists and beginning the long journey to
If you would like further information on the ride or just like to tell us how crazy we are please feel free to drop me a line. Any donations would also be appreciated and can be made to Parkinson's
Thanks for taking the time to read up on how we are going. We have a long and hilly ride ahead of us and I have no doubts that there will be a lot of ups and downs to come, all of which I will document.