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William Boag

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The Challenge:


To walk the 800km path of the French Camino from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to the corridors of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, then knocking on the door of Portugal. I will make this journey with my wife Corrie over a period of 12 weeks and for the following purposes:

  • To embark on a ‘peregrinus’, a journey abroad. This pilgrimage is primarily to promote greater awareness of Parkinson’s disease and is dedicated to those who suffer from its many forms
  • To raise funds for 'Shake It Up', an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for this disease and where every dollar raised is used solely to this end
  • To reflect and 'smell the poppies’ for as long as the journey takes


About me:


I am in the early stages of Parkinson’s (five years since diagnosis). My symptoms include a decline in muscle movement; occasional muscle spasm and internal trembling of the left side of my body and mouth; intermittent external trembling of my left arm; restless arms and legs; decreased facial expressions; an abnormally high production of phlegm; tiredness; and lower voice intonation. These symptoms have mostly remained unchanged since diagnosis.


This walk is about showcasing that life doesn't end with Parkinson's, in my case it has given me a kick-start to live an rich life and working towards the best possible outcome.


Shake It Up Australia:


Shake It Up Australia Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2011 to promote and fund Parkinson’s disease research in Australia. Partnering with the Michael J Fox Foundation for Medical Research, Shake It Up has one clear goal: to find a cure for Parkinson's.


Shake It Up Australia is committed to ensuring 100% of your donation goes directly to research.   This is made possible by our founding directors’ commitment to fund all general administration costs of the Foundation.


Some key insights on Parkinson's Disease:

  • Over 80,000 Australian's suffer from Parkinson's making it the 2nd most commen Neurological disease
  • 30 Australian's a day are diagnosed with Parkinson's
  • 20% of people diagnosed are under 50
  • The most effective drug used to treat Parkinson's was developed in 1967


100% of your donation goes directly to finding a cure for Parkinson's. Many thanks for your support an be sure to follow our progress on my blog: [Link]



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Shake It Up Australia Foundation

Shake It Up Australia has a clear mission: To find the cure for Parkinson’s

There are an estimated 100,000 Australians living with Parkinson’s with another 38 diagnosed every day. 20% of those diagnosed are under 50 years old. With your help, we can change this!

Shake It Up has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to fund the world’s best research in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.

100% OF YOUR DONATION GOES DIRECTLY TO RESEARCH.  THAT’S RIGHT 100%!  Our founding directors cover all general expenses of the Foundation ensuring every cent of your donation makes a real difference in the quest to find a cure for Parkinson’s.
About Shake It Up

Shake It Up Australia Foundation together with our partner at The Michael J. Fox Foundation are the largest non-government funder of Parkinson's research across multiple institutes in Australia.   Founded in 2011 we have funded over $10.4M in research targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately the cure.

The Foundation was established by Clyde Campbell, a father of three and business owner who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 at the age of 44.

Clyde set out to find out as much as he could about the disease and determine what he could do in a practical sense to assist. His search led him to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) in the United States and the remarkable work they do to fund medical research targeted at finding better treatments on the path to a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The approach MJFF takes to assessing, funding and project managing the world’s best research all over the globe eliminates redundancy, ensures efficiency and unites the global community in the quest to find a cure.

Clyde realised that funding Parkinson’s research was the best thing that he could do to help himself, his family and the 100,000 other Australians living with the disease. With that clear in his mind, Clyde founded Shake It Up Australia Foundation (SIUAF) to give other Australians the opportunity to join his quest.

How you can join the fight to cure Parkinson’s

The research we are funding comes at a cost, and we need people committed to making a world without Parkinson’s disease a reality to join our fight.

Some ways you can contribute include:

•    Donate to research now
•    Run an event for Shake It Up
•    Participate in an event and encourage others to sponsor you
•    Become a project partner
•    Become a corporate partner
•    Become an ambassador
•    Volunteer
•    Subscribe to our newsletter
•    Register for clinical trials

To learn more about how you can be a part of the answer, please go to our website and get involved.

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