DID YOU KNOW?
FOUR Australians are diagnosed with MS every working day
The average age of diagnosis is just 30 years of age
It strikes young people in the prime of their lives and there is no known cause or cure

The Redcliffe MS Swimathon is a fundraising event where teams of at least 6 people are sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues to swim in a 12 hour relay; raising vital funds for Queenslanders living with multiple sclerosis (MS). 7am till 7pm  Sunday 25th Nov

You don’t need to be a ‘competitive’ swimmer to participate – people of all abilities can join in and take part. You can swim any style or distance that suits you; whether it be 1 or 100 laps in freestyle, breaststroke, sidestroke, or doggy paddle – it is all about participation and raising funds to help beat MS!

Sunday, 25 November 7am till 7pm
Redcliffe War Memorial Swimming Pool 
50 Sydney St, Redcliffe QLD 4020

A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
My name is Karen, I am married to a wonderful husband and also have lovely daughter. About 2 years ago we moved from Melbourne to Redcliffe Qld. Whilst also being an M.S sufferer, last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery and radiation treatment I am thankfully now in the all clear despite throughout that time having a relapse in my M.S. Sponsor Karen here

I was diagnosed with MS (Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS) in 2013. I have had symptoms of MS for 10 years or longer, but the symptoms were not consistent and led to delayed diagnosis. I was struggling with what was happening to me at the time, which was affecting me and my family. This was a very stressful time for everyone.


Since the day of my diagnosis, I felt, with the information I was given, it gave me a little more control of my life. Since that time, I have started being more conscious of my weight and diet, exercise, and taking counselling from MS support (with MS Queensland) teams, whom I have found invaluable throughout this journey. Sponsor Karen here

One of the things that has helped me a lot is swimming, not just for exercise but as a stress relief. I started with the aqua-aerobics almost 2 years ago with a fantastic group of ladies. This has helped me with my confidence in the pool which leads me to where I am now: MS Swimathon Qld. Early in 2018 I was privileged to participate and join a team in the Griffiths MS Swimathon. This was the first time I participated in such an event. I managed to do over 100 laps and thanks to all the generosity from those around me in the local community and abroad, I was able to raise $3697. I am sincerely grateful for all the generosity shown. Sponsor Karen here

Redcliffe Navy Assoc

Many people have supported me earlier this year at the Griffiths MS Swimathon. Recently we have been blessed with an opportunity with MS Queensland to run a Swimathon here at our home turf at the Redcliffe Memorial Pool. I personally have been very excited about this opportunity which allows us to show the very special people within the Redcliffe Moreton Bay community.

Getting ready for the Swimathon

Please come along to enjoy the fun, excitement and sponsor me in the MS Swimathon Redcliffe. The money raised will go directly back to aiding those with MS, in the Queensland region.

Sponsor me to support funding and aid to people living with MS.

SPONSOR Karen here

Sunday, 25 November 
Redcliffe War Memorial Swimming Pool 
50 Sydney St, Redcliffe QLD 4020

Contact:
Karen Patzer: M- 0413 235 547, E- kismail@gmx.com
Rebecca Graham (MS Qld): P- 07 3840 0812, E-rebecca.graham@msqld.org.au

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