Charli's Arctic challenge

Charli's Arctic challenge

Posted on 4th July 2019
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3 km across the Arctic circle…

This July Charli Clark is heading to the Arctic Circle. She is swimming 3km across the River Torne, in the Arctic Circle for Funding Neuro. To benefit patients waiting on the stage 3 trial of the GDNF Parkinson’s appeal.  We wish her good luck with the challenge and ask our supporters to reach out and help Charli get to her target! It’s thanks to people like Charli and our wonderful fundraisers that we can continue bringing hope to people with Parkinson’s. Thank you Charli.

Arctic Circle swim
Torne River lies between Sweden and Finland in the Arctic circle


Charli’s Story

Charli Clark – “My Uncle and his good friend Bob were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at aged 40, 17 years ago. After a slow but obvious period of deterioration. He started taking GDNF as part of phase 2 of a trial looking to cure people of this disease. This drug has been developed to improve and treat people. Not just stall the effects of Parkinson’s on the body. Within a couple of months we could all see a massive change in Bob’s abilities as he clearly started to improve.

Sadly, phase 3 of the trial, which would have allowed Bob to continue taking GDNF has not been funded. Bob is now starting to regress on medication that is simply stalling, not stopping Parkinson’s disease. The Results of the first trial can be seen first-hand in a BBC 2 documentary, featuring a number of participants on their journey to overcome Parkinson’s disease. Now, 3 million pounds needs to be raised to continue to phase 3 of the trial which, will allow the research to continue and help far more people recover from Parkinson’s disease.

I will be swimming across the River Torne from Finland to Sweden on the 13th July. Starting on the Finnish side just after midnight and swimming 3000 metres across the border and the Arctic Circle to Sweden. The event is an open-water swimming competition and the water is currently 14 degrees – luckily we are allowed to wear wetsuits!

Please donate anything you can to help get the 3 phase of the trial started. So GDNF can once again help my Uncle Bob, but also stop this disease from ruining further lives in the future.”


Visit Charli’s Just Giving page to Donate to her challenge

To read more about the GDNF work click the link below

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