Galway man Seán Nee and his family completed a significant challenge climbing six of the Twelve Bens in one go recently. In 2020 Seán was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and this challenge was to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and specifically Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. The Nee family and their supporters organized an event in Clifden to celebrate the completion of the challenge which included a media awareness campaign, which raised the profile of Parkinson’s Disease significantly in the area. As a result of the radio and newspaper coverage of the event a number of people with Parkinson’s who had not previously received support attended.
The event was also a joint fundraiser for EOPD and PAI and the Nee family raised over €5,000 for Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease Ireland. This is a significant sum and Kieran Fallon EOPD Chairperson and Joe Condon EOPD Secretary were on hand to receive the cheque.
The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland announced the expansion of physiotherapy services in the area which will benefit all People with Parkinson’s in and around Clifden. An excellent presentation on physiotherapy practice was given by the three specialist Parkinson Physios who attended the event.