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Marie and Emma Montafia

Marie and Emma Montafia 

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About Marie and Emma Montafia

HELLO FRIENDS! We’re Marie & Emma, a mother-daughter duo embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! We are heading to Spain in September to walk the Camino for a Cure (Trek for Parkinson’s 2018), to raise much needed funds for Shake It Up Foundation Australia, who promote and fund Parkinson’s disease research. Mum (Marie) was 50 when she noticed a small tremor in her finger, and one year later, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease – that was nearly 5 years ago. Those of you who know her, know what a positive person she is – she’s come such a long way in that time. In her first year of being diagnosed she couldn’t even talk about it without tearing up, but now she’s unstoppable – starting up her own business, and in her drive to be as healthy as possible. Mum has supported me in every aspect of life, and this is one way that I can do something to support her in her Parkinson’s journey. Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disease with no cure. 32 Aussies are diagnosed every day, 20% of which are aged under 50 and 10% are diagnosed before the age of 40. And while there’s no cure for this debilitating disease, exercise is proven to be one of the best things Mum can do to help herself stay as healthy as possible. We are late-comers to this adventure, so we’re reaching out to you all in the hope that you will help us by donating to our page and supporting us as we trek the final 100km of The Camino de Santiago in Spain. We are heading off in 2 months time (at our own expense), but not before raising our target of $10,000 for Shake it Up Australia Foundation. Shake It Up Australia Foundation is a non-profit organisation in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) that promotes and funds Parkinson’s disease research in Australia aimed at better treatments and ultimately a cure. MJFF will match every dollar donated by you (!!!!) and will provide opportunities for data and tools to accelerate knowledge, and speed progress towards breakthroughs with Parkinson’s research. The work they do is so vital for Parkinson’s research, and your generosity and support could help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease in our lifetime! Any donation made would be greatly appreciated, and be assured 100% of the funds will go directly to Shake It Up Australia in aid of Parkinson’s Disease research. (All donations are tax deductible). Please feel free to share this link with your friends and family, or share it on social media. We thank you with all our hearts for your support, any donation big or small is greatly appreciated! Together we can get a little closer to finding a cure for Parkinson’s! Muchas Gracias! Marie and Emma FOLLOW US ON OUR ADVENTURE ON….

Shake It Up Australia for Parkinson’s Research

Shake It Up Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2011 and in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) promotes and funds Parkinson’s disease research in Australia aimed at better treatments and ultimately a cure.

To date, the foundation together with our partners at The Michael J. Fox Foundation have co-funded over $6 Million into Australian Parkinson's research and are the largest non-government funders across multiple research institutes.

The foundation was established by Clyde Campbell, a father of three and business owner who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 at the age of 44. Clyde set out to find out as much as he could about the disease and determine what he could do in a practical sense to assist. His search led him to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in the United States and the remarkable work they do to fund medical research targeted at finding better treatments on the path to a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
The partnership builds upon a strong base of promising Parkinson’s research in Australia and allows both organisations to maximise the impact of capital raised from the Australian Parkinson’s community to accelerate better treatments on the path to a cure. Under the partnership, all funds raised by Shake It Up  Australia Foundation and our supporters are directed toward research efforts in Australia.  We also guarantee that 100% of your donation is directed into research, this is made possible by our founding directors covering all overhead and administration costs of the foundation.

As the country’s leader in strategic Parkinson’s research funding we are excited about the talent we have in our Australian institutes and the prospect that their work will take us closer to a cure.
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