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Andrew Cavanagh

Andrew Cavanagh 

Supporting Shake It Up Australia for Parkinson’s Research in Larapinta Trek for Treatment
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Why I am supporting Shake It Up Australia for Parkinson’s Research

My Story

Commencing on the 27 August 2019, I’ll be taking part in the “Larapinta Trek for Treatment” in Alice Springs. The purpose of the trek is to raise much needed funds for Shake It Up Australia who are a organisation conducting research into finding a cure for Parkinson’s (PD). I am taking this opportunity to raise awareness about Parkinson's while also fund raising for Shake it Up Australia, who are closely affiliated with the Michael J Fox Foundation in the USA. Between now and August, I aim to raise as much money as possible to try and help find a cure. In August last year I was diagnosed with a neurological, progressive and degenerative brain disease - Parkinson’s Disease. As you can appreciate, being only 47 this has come as a huge shock to myself, my family and friends and I have been taking some time to come to terms with my future as unfortunately there is no cure. Most people attribute Parkinson's Disease (PD) to the elderly and having "the shakes" or tremors however Parkinson's disease is so much more complex than that. Basically, the neurons in a specific part of my brain are slowly dying. Unfortunately, this causes loss of motor symptoms resulting in tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, dystonia and psychological challenges among other things. Over 100,000 people in Australia are affected by this disease and I am now one of them. Although I am doing everything I can do to slow the progression of this disease, I will continue to deteriorate. Unlike cancer and other diseases, Parkinson's (PD) has no rule book or timeline, meaning each person with this horrible disease will experience their own journey and it's unpredictability. I would be grateful for any donations and this can be done on my page, every amount will make a difference no matter how small. You can also support me by sharing the link to my page, with your friends and family, or share it on social media. I also encourage you to also read the information below on the wonderful work that Shake It Up Australia Foundation does. Shake It Up has provided a forum to understand the disease better and is a platform to keep up-to-date with the work that is happening to find a cure. Thank you so much for your generosity and support, it means a lot to me.

About Larapinta Trek for Treatment

As part of this incredible adventure, you will experience it all and more as you trek along the legendary Larapinta Trail. Joined by likeminded Shake It Up Australia Foundation supporters, you will visit sites sacred to the Arrernte people and learn the history of Australia’s traditional owners by day. By night, you fall asleep to the sounds of native wildlife under a blanket of stars.
What’s more, every dollar you raise through Shake It Up’s Trek for Treatment: Larapinta 2019 will be directed to Parkinson’s research in Australia to find better treatments and ultimately find a cure for Parkinson’s.

About my cause: 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 $10.8 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. 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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