Inspiring driver with Parkinson's disease passes away

MANILA, Philippines – The van driver with Parkinson's disease who went viral recently has passed away.
Inspiring driver with Parkinson's disease passes away

Inspiring driver with Parkinson's disease passes away
Nel Dalisay was featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ KMJS

Rodineil Dalisay or "Kuya Nel" has touched the hearts of many for his inspiring story of perseverance. A netizen named Janine first posted on Facebook a video of Neil uncontrollably shaking as he was driving his UV Express. Neil had been living with Parkinson's disease for 9 years but it didn't stop him from working.

Neil Dalisay inspires netizens
Neil Dalisay inspires netizens | Screenshot: Facebook/KMJS

At that time, Neil said, “Hindi hadlang ang sakit ko para ako’y hindi makapagmaneho. Patuloy akong magtatrabaho nang maayos para sa mga anak ko."

Neil's story was featured on KMJS last month. His story went viral amassing over 2.2 million views when it was posted on Facebook. Netizens were inspired and support poured in for Neil and his family.

viral driver with Parkinson's disease passes away
Kuya Nel has passed away | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/High Demand Street Merch

But unfortunately, everything came to an end for the hardworking family man. Kuya Nel passed away as he joined our Creator on Saturday, July 20.

In our online interview with the cousin of Kuya Nel (name withheld for privacy purposes), she confirmed the sad news and added that the viral driver succumbed to heart attack. There is no truth to the circulating rumors that Neil committed suicide.

"Pinsan po ako ni kua Neil and heart attack po ung kinamatay nya hindi po totoo na nag suicide sya," Neil's cousin told The Summit Express.

Messages of condolences poured in for Nel and his family. Many shared how they were inspired by his story.

Netizen C. Manabat wrote, "Condolence to the family. I give my high respects to this man. I pray for the comfort of his bereaved family, for he did live his life courageously and meaningful. May he find eternal rest with our creator."

Netizen J. Mendoza also wrote, "Condolence po sa buong family. I deeply admire kuya for being a fighter and a great father despite his condition para maitaguyod ang family niya. Thank u for inspiring us, may you rest in peace."

— Sally, The Summit Express

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