Adrian Unger

Lindfield, New South Wales

Fighter, pharmacist, champion

When Adrian was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 58, he thought he had a good understanding of it, having worked as a pharmacist and cared for his father with the same disease. But as the years went by, he was astonished that his symptoms were minimal. Having started boxing for fitness eight years before his diagnosis, Adrian found mounting research of its benefits for people with neuro-degenerative diseases. He established the Punchin’ Parko’s program in 2014, helping others to stabilise their symptoms and improve their quality of life. This grant will help him develop a ‘train the trainers’ course so the program can be shared. “People with Parkinson’s can’t yet win the war against the disease, but we can win some battles and that brings us hope.”

Adrian Unger