People have very personal reasons for taking A Walk in the park. Here are some of them…
Former Olympian and marathon runner Steve Moneghetti will step out for A Walk in the Park 2018 for the first time in a public show of support or his mum and to connect with other families treading a similar path.
"Having a life ruled by constant medication has taken it's toll on all of us, but particularly mum and dad."
Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2001, aged 53. This year Peter celebrates 10 years of participating in the Walk.
“I have proudly been involved in every Walk, raising over $70,000,” he says. “It has been exciting to watch the Walk grow and take on a vibrant life of its own. Sometimes it is the only chance I have to catch up with friends and acquaintances, but a nod or wink is enough to reunite the Parkinson’s family – and of course, my own family wouldn’t miss the opportunity to go ‘Walking with Pa’.”
This year, Geoff celebrates five years of participating in A Walk in the Park – just weeks after returning from a holiday of a lifetime, trekking with two of his daughters in South America.
“Participating in the Walk is very important, not just for myself, but also for my friends and family," Geoff explains. "It unites us, and provides reassurance that we are not alone. As the Walk grows, so does the fight for answers and – one day – a cure."
Kim was a teenager when her 45-year-old dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2005. Since then, she has become passionate about raising awareness and funds to support people with Parkinson's.
"It's a time for our friends and family to join as one to support my father and all other families going through their own battles with Parkinson's," says Kim, who is shown here with ambassador Shane Jacobson.
Prof. Meg Morris
Professor Meg Morris has been working with Parkinson's patients for more than 20 years as a physiotherapist and researcher. So it's no surprise that the advice Prof. Morris has for all of us, especially anyone newly diagnosed, is to keep moving!
This year, Prof Morris will once again take part in A Walk in the Park with a team of colleagues from North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre in Ivanhoe.
Since diagnosed with Parkinson's in her mid-40's, Karyn has immersed herself in the Parkinson's community, learning more about the condition and sharing her knowledge and experiences with others.
"The whole Walk is a big buzz, surrounded by family and friends. To see over 100 friends on the day, willing to give up a Sunday morning to support me and my cause, means so much to me."
The word 'stoic' comes to mind when talking to Jill Goss and her husband of more than 40 years, David. Their love and support for each other also shines through, as does a sense of humour. These are the things that keep them going as Jill moves into her 17th year with Parkinson's.
Jill is well known to Parkinson's walkers - she has been A Walk in the Park participant since its inception and together with her daughter Natalie, she leads the pre-walk warm up each year.
As a veteran Melbourne crime reporter, Geoff Wilkinson was used to being the man behind the words. That all changed after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2007 - the story to tell has been his own.
“I’m a keen supporter of the Walk as it helps to raise awareness of Parkinson’s in the community. I’ll be walking with family and friends, so watch out for Wilko’s Whiskers!”
Mary Jones is not only an advocate for better specialized services for Parkinson's patients, she has supported many in our community after discovering Parkinson's nursing later in her career.
Mary is looking forward to A Walk in the Park as an opportunity to join and meet others in a social event that helps raise funds for Parkinson's Victoria.
Howard credits A Walk in the Park for helping step back into living after his Parkinson’s diagnosis at
"Last year I discovered A Walk in the Park and embraced the event. I still have something to offer and want to show my children that disease doesn’t define you if you don’t let it.”
Every person taking A Walk in the Park has a story to tell.
To share your story, particularly if A Walk in the Park 2018 is your tenth walk, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org