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.