Our MSWA Ambassadors have kindly shared their stories with us, so that you can learn a bit more about their lives and the reason they support the MSWA Ocean Ride.
Julie Palich has been living with multiple sclerosis since 2011.
Julie is a wife, mother, daughter, friend, professional, and someone who has been living with multiple sclerosis (MS) for seven years. She was living in Canada with her husband and three-year-old son when she started having sharp pains and hazy vision in her left eye.
It took a while to receive her diagnosis of Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS) as there were minimal signs of the condition. The uncertainty was the most disconcerting thing, as she was used to being in control of her life. Her future suddenly seemed like it could turn out very different.
To read more of Julie's story, just click here
23-year-old Brittany had her world rocked, when her Dad was diagnosed with MND in 2017.
Brittany Hayes world was rocked, when her Dad was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in April 2017. Her parents had been involved in a serious car accident just 12 months prior, so her life was already focused on her parents recoveries.
There are two generations of history of MND in her Dad's family, so when he developed symptoms of weakness in his arms and legs, tiredness and tripping over, Brittany tried not to think the worst. At first, he was told that he didn't have MND, so life was quite normal. Then, a second opinion confirmed the worst fears for Brittany and her family.
To read more of Brittany's story, just click here