In September, I am taking part in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017 to challenge myself AND more importantly raise much needed funds for Shake It Up Australia for Parkinson’s Research. Like all other charities and foundations, it is a very worthy cause but this one is especially close to me. My Dad has Parkinson's disease, a fact he decided to keep within the family for a couple of years but now we are able to share his story. Dad is lucky, he will just 'live with it'. Parkinson's has only changed a few aspects of his life and abilities. He is still our same ol' Dad but we wish that he never got it at all. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that affects 70,000 Australians. Currently, there is no known cause or cure which is pretty crazy! I want to help change that fact by fundraising for Shake it Up Australia. I am certain that you have been asked HEAPS on Facebook and email etc. for donations this year but if you could take the time to read my story and even give $5 bucks towards this cause, I would be so grateful and next time I see you reaching out- I will do the same. Oh and I know it is after tax time but you can totally get excited for 2018 tax! Or if like me, you are strapped for cash, please share this with anyone and everyone on all social media platforms or simply harass them with emails :) Thank you for your generosity and support - it really means a lot to me. Together we can help Shake It Up Australia for Parkinson’s Research!