FORMER rugby captain Mike Tindall has launched a new campaign in support of Parkinson’s disease sufferers as he highlighted the “massively valuable” importance of having a network.
Mike Tindall’s father was diagnosed with the condition in 2003. As part of the launch of his new support scheme, he has been meeting people that are living with the disease. Mike has been patron of Cure Parkinson’s since 2018, after showing support to the charity for a number of years
The husband of Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, has hosted fundraising events and taking part in cycling and running challenges for the charity.
Mark Tindall spoke to BBC Breakfast about the campaign.
He said: “It’s just such a wide spectrum of people, I connect with David because I see what my mum and dad go through.
“It’s a very similar age when they got diagnosed, very similar story, slower symptoms.
“Same with Amarpal, in terms of he’s been figuring it out for himself and it’s been fascinating actually.”
He continued: “There is a real place to be building a database that is easy to find hosting fundraising events and taking part in cycling and running challenges. for everyone to use for people to share their stories and symptoms.
“Obviously doctors and neurologists are going to differ in their advice.
“You almost need to read the stories to figure out what will work for you, what’s going to sit better with you.”
He added: “I think there is somewhere we could get a resource.
“People who are newly diagnosed, or if people are walking the path and at a plateau, can go and try and tap in to and basically up-skill themselves a bit.”
This isn’t the first time Mike has spoken out about his dad’s disease, during lockdown he was vocal about the effect of isolation on his parents.
His mother, Linda, is the primary carer for his dad Philip.
In a rare TV interview earlier this year, Mike spoke about the early days of his father’s diagnoses.
He said: “Didn’t really dawn on me what Parkinson’s was, if you looked at people who were prevalent with Parkinson’s at the time, you’d say Muhammed Ali, and you looked at my dad and you looked at Muhammed Ali, well it’s not the same person, surely it’s not the same disease.”
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