Radio personality Steve St John announced as Parkinson’s NSW ambassador

Radio personality Steve St John announced as Parkinson’s NSW ambassador

Parkinson’s NSW has today announced the appointment of NEWFM radio presenter Steve St John as an ambassador to help raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease. Steve was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at age 46 in September last year.

Said Steve St John “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for Parkinson’s NSW. I’m not as famous as other Parkinson’s sufferers such as Michael J. Fox, Muhammed Ali or Billy Connolly (but almost as funny), but I’m happy to use whatever profile I have in the community to raise awareness of this horrible disease. I know we need a local Parkinson’s specialist nurse in the Newcastle/Hunter region to visit people in their homes and keep them out of nursing homes and make sure they get the help they need.”

“My symptoms are pretty mild now and I’m still able to work and do most things I could before my diagnosis but I know that my condition may eventually affect my walking, speech and maybe even my ability to swallow (along with possibly hundreds of others symptoms). I want to find a cure for this disease before any of that happens, so for now, I’m trying to stay positive and do something to help myself and others” said Steve.

Parkinson’s NSW Marketing Director, Clare Audet said “we are honoured that Steve St John has agreed to share his personal journey with Parkinson’s disease to raise awareness in the community. Whilst there is no cure for Parkinson’s yet, by helping us to raise funds for research, Steve is helping us get a little closer to solving the Parkinson’s puzzle.”

Parkinson’s NSW funds research for people living with Parkinson’s disease and is the only organisation in NSW providing free support services including; an infoline staffed by health professionals, counselling, 67 support groups throughout the state and neurological nurses in the community. Parkinson’s NSW also funds research into new treatments and finding a cure through annual seed grants. Receiving less than $1 for each person with Parkinson’s in NSW, they rely primarily on donations and fundraising events to continue to operate.

Steve and the NEWFM team are supporting the Parkinson’s NSW Unity Walk & Run on Sunday August 30th to raise funds for Parkinson’s. To donate to Steve and the NEWFM team go to: http://unitywalkandrun2015.gofundraise.com.au/page/NEWFM

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition which affects the brain’s ability to control movement and may also be associated with other symptoms including mood, depression and anxiety. There is no cure.  In Australia, every hour of every day someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  There are approximately 30,000 people with Parkinson’s in NSW across all age groups. Whilst the majority of people are over 50 at the time of diagnosis, 20% are of working age and 10% are under the age of 40.

MEDIA INFO: Clare Audet, Marketing Director, Parkinson’s NSW
(02) 8875 8913
/ 0431 200 435 / clareaudet@parkinsonsnsw.org.au

About Parkinson’s NSW
Parkinson’s NSW funds research for people living with Parkinson’s disease and is the only organisation in NSW providing free support services including; an infoline staffed by health professionals, counselling, 67 support groups throughout the state and neurological nurses in the community. Parkinson’s NSW also funds research into new treatments and finding a cure through annual seed grants.

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