There is very little targeted fundraising for Parkinson’s disease. For too long it has been the poor cousin in medical research funding with high profile diseases like cancer and heart disease attracting the majority of public interest and funding.
This is despite the fact that by age 60, 1 in every 100 Australians will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and by age 75, that percentage rises to 4 in every 100.
Fred had a great sense of humour and never failed to charm everyone he met. He was a loving husband to Di, his wife of almost 25 years, and enjoyed the company of his children, Nigel and Anneli, and his step-children Louise and Shona and their families. He was the much-loved Pa of his grandchildren, who sometimes struggled to understand the effects of Parkinson’s.