The top individual fundraiser for the event, Claire Gordon, has a good reason to be motivated to raise money for MS - she was diagnosed with the condition 4 years ago, when she was 33.
Claire was granted one of the awards last year. She had obtained her nursing degree in 2005, but found the physical demands of nursing difficult after her diagnosis and had to give it up. The award allowed her to begin her Bachelor of Health Science degree, a career path that is more suited to her and will allow her to help others become more aware of health concerns like her own.
The award not only relieved Claire of the financial burden of study, but gave her more motivation.
“The award gave me an extra push to stay motivated and perform well as I knew I was lucky to have been given this opportunity” Claire said.
Teams of up to 20 people competing in the MS Mighty Swim need to keep one swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours as they compete against each other and raise money for MS.
Claire’s goal this year is to swim 2km. Claire’s fatigue, a symptom of her MS, makes it hard for her to swim for long periods so she aims to break this up and pace herself over the 2 days.
To donate to Claire please visit http://fundraising.ms.asn.au/claire_gordon or call 08 7002 6500.
MS Society of SA & NT
The MS Society is a service driven organisation with a 45 year history in assisting people with MS and their families. There is no known cause of MS and each working day across Australia 5 more people are told they have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is usually diagnosed in your 20s and 30s, a significant time for many who have work, family and financial commitments.
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