Parkinson’s disease is a cause close to our heart at Jo Bellamy, and with 30 Australians diagnosed every day, it’s actually a cause close to many more hearts than people realise.The Jo Bellamy Hair Salon are excited to announce our partnership with the Shake It Up Foundation, which kicked off with joining the fundraising team for the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival held on 22nd September 2013, helping to contribute to the $63,966 that was raised.Parkinson’s is a poorly understood disease, with most people associating it with an elderly relative or the odd celebrity on TV, and believing it to be ‘just the shakes’. The reality is much different.
- Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia
- The disease affects an estimated 10 million individuals worldwide – 100,000 in Australia
- 20% of sufferers are under 50 years old and 10% are diagnosed before the age of 40
- The number of people with Parkinson’s has increased by 17% in the last six years with costs to the community increasing by over 48%
The Shake It Up Foundation is a not-for-profit organization set up in 2011 to promote and fund Parkinson’s disease research in Australia. Established by Clyde Campbell, the Foundation works in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in the US.
For the Jo Bellamy team, there is a very personal motivator. Jodie’s brother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease; “Although it affects him every day, “ says Jodie, “to watch him continue to push himself and achieve so much regardless of the diagnosis, made me realize how much more we can all push ourselves and how much I can give to this cause. Joining the Shake It Up team for the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival is just the start of our ongoing activity together.”
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