Hundreds expected at Unity Walk for Parkinson's in Wollongong

Parkinson's awareness: Debra Murray & Jennifer Gray call for registrations for the 2017 Unity Walk & Run.
Parkinson's awareness: Debra Murray & Jennifer Gray call for registrations for the 2017 Unity Walk & Run.

Wollongong entertainer Jennifer Gray is gearing up for the fourth annual Unity Walk & Run for Parkinson’s NSW this month and is expecting up to 300 people at Stuart Park on August 27.

On Thursday she caught up with Debra Murray who was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in her early 40’s.

Mrs Gray decided to start organising an annual walk in Wollongong after her father, Alan Doughton, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago. She realised how little was known and spoken about Parkinson’s in the community and wanted to do something to raise awareness and help other families and people diagnosed in the Illawarra.

Registrations can be made at unitywalkandrun.com.au. The walk will start at 10am on the Sunday. Because of work on the Blue Mile Tramway and another event being held the same day this year’s starting point will be in a different location closer to the lagoon and participants will do laps of Stuart Park.

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