In 2011 Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark was told he had Parkinson’s. Now undertakng a major fundraising challenge, the Leeds broadcaster on why he’s refusing to hide away.
You see I have Parkinson’s. I was diagnosed with this degenerative neurological condition that is caused by the lack of dopamine in the brain just over five years ago. I was 44 years old. Looking back, there were certainly warning signs.
You see I already had personal experience of how devastating a diagnosis it can be – my father Alan had also faced it. Dad, who was always a larger than life character, a big hearty Yorkshire man who loved his rugby, tried to keep it hidden. What started as a twitch in his right hand led over the years to severe depression as his symptoms got worse. Eventually he took his own life.