Alison Anderson was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s in 2015, aged 46. Originally from Dundee, Scotland, Alison lives in Cheltenham with her husband and three sons. Following her diagnosis, Alison found hope and support from others in a similar situation.  

Alison’s sense of optimism, hope and determination is an inspiration to others. She has found real benefits to keeping active in managing her Parkinson’s symptoms, particularly in cycling, which she has also channelled into raising funds for Parkinson’s research.

Undeterred by her condition, since her diagnosis Alison has taken on two major cycling challenges with her faithful team, The Cyclopaths, to raise funds for Cure Parkinson’s. In 2017, they cycled an incredible 500km from Vietnam to Cambodia, and in 2018, they cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. In 2020, Alison was set to take on the gruelling Raid Alpine, but due to COVID-19 restrictions she took on the 137kms in one day across the hills of Gloucestershire instead!

“I knew I needed to turn my diagnosis into something positive, and for me that’s fundraising and raising awareness.

“Exercise is thought to help delay disease progression and I need to believe that something will help give me the kind of future I always assumed I would have. Between us we have cycled tens of thousands of miles in all weather, training for these challenges.

Having Parkinson’s can make the future seem very scary but it also helps me to focus on how important and how precious each day is now. Cycling makes me feel that I am making the most of each and every day while investing in my future.

Alison Anderson

“I’m a huge supporter of Cure Parkinson’s, which funds research with the potential to slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s. If they can achieve this, the lives of millions of people living with the condition will be changed for the better. Recent research is yielding promising results and until a cure is found, Cure Parkinson’s provides real hope and support which is a precious gift to give.”

If you are inspired by Alison’s story, you could help drive forwards the search for a cure and help consign Parkinson’s to medical history.