Walk of remembrance
FAMILY HONOUR PARKINSON’S VICTIM
LISA and Tamara Clarkson have seen first-hand the effect Parkinson’s disease has on a family.
Lisa’s father and Tamara’s grandfather battled the condition for almost 20 years until he passed away in February last year.
Lisa, of Parkwood, said her father’s battle with the disease seriously affected both his and her mother’s life.
“It affected my mum because dad would never want to be with anybody, so all the holidays just stopped. He wouldn’t even go away for the weekend. He became her priority and she was his carer,” she said.
“He’d get up (in the night) and fall and hurt himself, so she slept on a mattress on the floor next to the bed to make sure he didn’t go walkabout.”
Lisa said her mother took it upon herself to look after her dad because she knew he did not want to go to a nursing home.
“They’ve spent their whole lives together, so how could they just let anyone else look after them?” she said.
“It’s the feeling of responsibility; you’ve promised to be with that person through good and bad, you’ve had the good and so here’s the bad and you just have to. It wasn’t an option for them. Mum fought and fought to keep him with her; she didn’t want him in a nursing home because he didn’t want it.”
She said her father had been an active, energetic man who continued to work after he initially contracted the diseases in his late 60s.
To honour his memory, the pair are volunteers for the seventh annual Walk in the Park, which will be held at Perry Lakes Reserve in Floreat on September 17 and coincides
Tamara Clarkson and Lisa Clarkson with pets Charli and Olivia.