Stevenage woman is not giving in to Parkinson’s, but marching on
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A Parkinson’s sufferer is calling on people in Stevenage to back a charity walk next weekend and help in the fight to find a cure for the disease.
Jane Gilmour has fought against the disease since being diagnosed in 2013 and believes funding research into the condition is the best way of finding a cure.
On Sunday, October 4, the 69-year-old will be taking part in the Walk for Parkinson’s event at Knebworth House to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
She said: “I think it is a very worthwhile cause. People have only got to put themselves in my shoes and think about what life is like.
“This is an incurable disease, but if we can find enough money maybe they will find a cure.
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“We are also looking for volunteers to help run the day. You will be doing something good for others which gives you a nice sense of achievement.”
Parkinson’s is a incurable degenerative disease where the brain gradually cannot control the body’s muscles – which often causes uncontrollable shaking.
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Jane, who will be supported around the course by friends including Jay Drackford from Marriotts Sports Centre, was diagnosed after the right side of her body started shaking.
She said: “I believe in being positive and active, to fight it and to not give in to Mr Parkinson because to give in is to give up.
“Everything falls apart when you are first diagnosed but you have to learn to cope because I am going to have this disease for the rest of my life.
“My GP has been fantastic and I’ve been supported by a specialist Parkinson’s nurse and had physio. Parkinson’s UK have been brilliant as well. Its website tells you everything you need to know. It’s all worded very nicely, but is honest too.”
The walk starts at 11am and participants can complete either a three or 6.5-mile route at their own pace.
The entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s – all walkers will receive fundraising packs, sponsorship forms and a T-shirt.
There is no minimum sponsorship requirement but the charity would like people to raise £50 if they can.
The walk will be followed by an afternoon tea for everyone, which costs £15 per adult and £10 per child under 13.
To find out more call 0207 963 9367 or visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkknebworth.