Step­ping out for Parkin­son’s

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Belinda Cipri­ano

LIFE has not al­ways been a “walk in the park” for Swan Dis­tricts Foot­ball Club player David El­lard and his dad Rick (54), who was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s in 2007.

The duo will take part in Parkin­son’s WA “A Walk In The Park” on Septem­ber 17 to raise aware­ness and funds for re­search into the con­di­tion.

Rick knew some­thing was not quite right when he no­ticed his right hand was not work­ing as well as his left.

“I had about 100 blood tests

David (28), a for­mer Carl­ton Foot­ball Club player, said not know­ing a lot about the con­di­tion and with no fam­ily his­tory the di­ag­no­sis had come as a shock.

“I didn’t know a lot about it at all. I knew the likes of Muham­mad Ali – but didn’t know much at all,” he said.

“I knew it was a con­di­tion where peo­ple shake but there’s a lot more to it. Dad’s still work­ing and still do­ing his ex­er­cise and while the signs have picked up, at this stage he’s go­ing well.”

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