Walk of re­mem­brance

FAM­ILY HONOUR PARKIN­SON’S VIC­TIM

Canning Times - - NEWS - Ben Smith d473303 with Parkin­son’s Aware­ness Month. Tamara, who works in Gosnells, said it was im­por­tant both suf­fer­ers and peo­ple with loved ones bat­tling the dis­ease knew there were plenty of av­enues they could turn to for sup­port. “The walk is an oppo

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

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Tamara Clark­son and Lisa Clark­son with pets Charli and Olivia.

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