Stepping out for Parkinson’s
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.”