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FIVE AMONG HEROES: Special Recognition Awards for Petaling Jaya Residents in conjunction with the World Parkinson's Celebration on April 11, 2009

1. MR. CHEE LIEW SEONG

Chee Liew Seong, a person with Parkinson for 13 years, is nominated for his outstanding contribution towards the association.

Soon after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, he joined the association in 1995. He was then 52 years old, and was working as a Senior Education Officer with the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. A few years later, not long after his retirement, he decided to devote more time and effort to voluntary work in the association. He became a committee member in 1998, and subsequently became Vice President from 2002 - 2004, and President from 2004 - 2006.

He was the Editor of BERITA PARKINSON, a quarterly in-house bulletin of the association from 1998 to 2008. With his flair for languages, Mr. Chee had translated many articles on Parkinson's from English to Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin and vice versa. He also writes poems and articles on activities carried out by the association.

It was during his tenure as the President of the association, that the Parkinson Center was set up in Happy Gardens, Old Klang Road. Today, this center serves as the Rehabilitation, Recreation and Administration Center of the Association.

Chee Liew Seong underwent the Deep Brain Stimulation operation in 2005, which has given him a new lease of life.

His determination to remain physically and mentally active despite having Parkinson's is an inspiration to others. His dedication and commitment towards the association have certainly helped MPDA to become what it is today.



2. MR. DON CALVIN WEERESKERA

Mr. Don Calvin is nominated for his endeavours to remain active despite having Parkinson's for the past 11 years.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 56, not long after his retirement as a Radio Engineer with an offshore oil company. Mr. Don Calvin led a very active life during his working career. He was in the navy for 13 years, and played hockey, football, and cricket. Singing was his passion, and he used to play in a band.

Being an athletic person, naturally when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, it was difficult for him to accept the condition initially. However, with courage and determination, he managed to overcome the problem, and became involved in community work. He became a committee member of the association from 2004 to 2006.

Mr. Don Calvin's passion for singing continues till today, and he wants to take up swimming as well. He participates in most of the activities organized by the association.

His courage and determination to remain active despite having Parkinson's is testimony to others that there's still life after Parkinson's.



3. MR. TUNG KAI SENG

Mr. Tung Kai Seng, a person with Parkinson's for 10 years, has not lost his sense of humour despite illness. He continues brightening and cheering up the lives of others around him with his positive zest for life.

Tung Kai Seng was diagnosed with PD in 1999 at the age of 44. Not long after that, he quit his job to devote more time to his family especially his only child and daughter, Wen Pin.

His pleasant disposition radiates out to everybody whenever and wherever he is present He has a way of putting people into stitches with his amusing anecdotes. His favourite anecdotes was an incident during a shopping trip. Tung had asked his mother to sit in his wheelchair because he was feeling fine that day. "Everyone thought I was a carer for my mother until the roles were suddenly reversed," he explained.

Strangers stared in disbelief when they saw Tung being wheeled by his elderly mother the next minute.

He is currently involved as a volunteer in a research program conducted at a college, and continues to live by the motto, "Laughter is the best medicine".



4. MR. YAP YUN KIN - Caregiver

Mdm Yap Yun Kin, an ex-teacher, is the wife of the founder of MPDA, the late Mr. Lloyd Tan Poa Chan who passed away on 28th March 2007 after having Parkinson's for 19 years. Mr. Lloyd Tan was also the first President and Life President of MPDA.

In the early years of the incorporation of Association in 1994, Mdm Yap was always there to support her husband in his cause in Parkinson's. Her boundless love and dedication towards her beloved late husband, until the end of his journey were immeasurable. Her late husband once wrote about her:

"My caregiver, my wife, has always been behind me throughout my long journey. The dedication and devotion she has shown over the years go far beyond the expectations of any husband, and for her efforts, I will always be grateful".

After the death of her husband, she started a trust fund in memory of her husband to help the Parkinson community. She is also involved in Church work. She also continues to provide help and advice to the Parkinson community.

Madam Tan is nominated because she personifies a devoted and dedicated wife who had stood by her husband in sickness and in health.



5. Pn. Maimunah Mohd Idris - Caregiver

When it comes to taking care of one's spouse, the role can be a challenging one. But for Pn. Maimudah, an ex-teacher, she takes it all in her stride. She is a caregiver to her husband, En. Jaharuddin Adam, who has had Parkinson's for 12 years now. Through the years, Pn. Maimudah's unflinching support and love towards her husband, have helped him manages the conditions well.

Pn Maimudah has had a very hectic schedule which includes taking care of her ailing mother as well. Despite that, she served the association as its committee member for two years, that is, from 2006-2008.

She also recognizes the importance of being fit and healthy as a caregiver. She finds time to take part in exercises in the morning, such as walking and taichi to keep fit.

Pn. Maimudah is given this special recognition award for her contributions as a volunteer towards the association, and for being able to lead a balanced life despite the many responsibilities in her hands. Last but not least, it is also in recognition of her loving care and devotion towards her husband, En Jaharuddin, a person with Parkinson's.