Father with Parkinson’s Disease Peddles Rags to Support His Family

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How can a man be considered a good father?  As it is much easier to become a father, it would take a lot of sacrifice to be recognized as a good one.

The story of Rolando Altamero which was featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho’s Facebook account was able to touch the lives of many people as he showed how he managed to become a good provider and a father to his family despite having a disease which made him unable to move fast and accurately.

Rolando Altamero from Butuan City has Parkinson’s disease.  Every day, he walks around  the streets selling rags as his source of livelihood to support three children, whom he considered his own.  May, Remy and Michael are children of his sister-in-law who works as an OFW.

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According to Rolando, he earns three hundred pesos (P300.00) a day for selling rags which is being allotted for their house rent, food and the school allowances of the three children. Often, he is unable to take his medicines because there is not enough money left to purchase them.

Loved by his family, Rolando was surprised by the children last Father’s Day, June 18. They gave him balloons and presents to thank him for all the wonderful things that he did for them. They were really feeling blessed for having Rolando as he proved to them his unconditional love and having Parkinson’s disease would not hinder him from being a good father.

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His children said that Rolando is the pillar of their success and they will always be grateful for his goodness, hard work and sacrifices for their family.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of the basal ganglia of the brain and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine.