Mu­si­cian tunes up for big walk

Stirling Times - - News - Laura Pond

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

War­wick Se­nior High School teacher Belinda Dee and her fa­ther Peter Dee. d486496

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