My Husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a number of years ago. For a good period of my son's life he has seen the progression of the disease and the deterioration of his hero. He has been helping look after his father for a good number of years with every day tasks, without making his father feel like he is a burden or without making a fuse.
One of the main impacts he has, is his positive look on life and use of humour in order to keep spirits high by not letting his father or the rest of us get depressed.
He plays rugby for a local town club and loves all sorts of sports and was disappointed he could not get tickets for the Olympics or indeed have the skill to take part. Carrying the torch would be a small way of him feeling he was apart of it in some shape or form!
His father wouldn't want to carry the torch himself due to his pride but would be full of pride to see him carry it for him. CR