Let me tell you about a really amazing person - his name is Dean Laws and I have the great privilege to call him my friend. He is the kind of person everyone needs in their life - the world would be a better place if we were all a bit more like Dean. Always there to help, always kind, always practical, and always ready to make you laugh.
Also, Dean was always one of the fittest guys I knew, when Dean was 52 he began to feel tremors in his hand. After some time, he thought he had better go and see someone about it, and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Despite the worry, the stress, the constant testing, and the impacts that Parkinson's has on sleep, concentration, and mobility, he doesn't skip a beat. Dean hasn't let his condition define him -- it was just the context of his life, a life he preferred to live brilliantly rather than under a shadow. Instead of the illness diminishing him, he has continued to be an exceptional human being, inspiring and challenging those around him to greater efforts.
This everyday hero has taken on the challenge of running a marathon. It’s not his first - but this run is made significantly more difficult because of his condition. In true Dean form, he chose a path which made the event specifically not about him. He has turned his run into a opportunity to overcome, and to encourage many (like me, who have NEVER run) to be part of the “Dean Team”. His passion and story captured the imagination of the Parkinson’s NSW (PNSW), who have made him their ambassador.
With Dean, I am running the 2021 Blackmores’ Sydney Marathon -- our ultimate goal is to raise $100,000 to support Parkinson’s NSW. Dean will be running the full 42kms. For the first time ever, Blackmores have provided a special exception to allow his friends to join him on planned legs of the race. I have set my own personal goal to run 10kms and raise $10,000 - with your very generous help I know I can achieve this.
Yes, I need your help to meet this goal. But I can honestly say that you would be contributing to something bigger than even the Dean Team: you would be contributing to ‘leaving Parkinson's behind’, and joining a great story of overcoming.
This is the beginning of a one-year countdown to the big run: stay tuned for updates about my progress and the Dean Team’s successes!