Musician tunes up for big walk
HAMERSLEY resident Peter Dee shares a commonality with some high profile entertainers that he wishes he did not.
The Perth musician and comedian, who toured Australia with band Hi-Way 1 in the 1970s and supported Michael Buble in the 2000s, has had to stop performing since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago.
He said it was “more prevalent than you think”, listing Neil Diamond, Billy Connolly and Robin Williams as famous performers with the disease.
“It’s a terrible disease; from nose to toes, somewhere it’s attacking you,” he said.
But Mr Dee said he was an optimist and wanted to help raise awareness of the disease.
He and daughter Belinda Hall are taking part in A Walk in the Park on September 16 to raise funds for Parkinson’s WA.
“I want to help get
more acceptance for the disease and more understanding,” he said.
While most people associated tremors with Parkinson’s, Mr Dee said other symptoms he experienced included losing his sense of smell, unintentionally falling asleep and being unable to sit down for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Mrs Hall described her dad as a “superstar”.
“He took us on trips all over the world as kids with his work, and also did crazy things like hire a light plane to Rotto for lunch,” she said.
“These days he is finding some things a little more challenging and we have really appreciated the support provided by Parkinson’s WA.”
Warwick Senior High School teacher Belinda Dee and her father Peter Dee. d486496