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SIX hours of swimming & running for MS research!

Meet Catherine – one of our Kiss Goodbye to MS legends who never ceases to amaze us.

Catherine has been part of the ‘Kiss’ fam for several years now and is always up to support life-changing MS research in any way she can. Including being one of our fabulous models for The May 50K – be sure to keep an eye out for her. 😉

Catherine was officially diagnosed with MS in 2017, but when she looks back pre-diagnosis, she now acknowledges that there were definite signs that she herself, and her doctors shrugged off.

“In the early days I was a mess, I didn’t know what to do, what my life would look like and I was incredibly angry – I think the biggest low that still weighs on me today is that I feel my diagnosis could and should have been made far earlier having reviewed my medical records. We now know that early diagnosis is critical to preventing irreversible brain damage and when I’m having a rough day this plays on my mind heavily.”

However, Catherine has been determined to live a fulfilled life despite her diagnosis and handle her MS in the most positive and productive way possible. 🤗

“I think the main positives that I have experienced are the people that I have met and events that I have been involved in as a part of this community.”

One valuable way that Catherine has channelled her determination to Kiss Goodbye to MS, is through her most recent challenge – a six hour endurance swim and run at the beautiful Clovelly Bay in Sydney (that’s right, SIX hours!).

Catherine chose February 26 for her challenge and was luckily blessed with a beautiful sunny day and low tides – perfect conditions for her endeavours!

She jumped in on one side of the inlet, swam approx. 40m to the other side, then ran approx. 400m to the beach and back to her starting point and repeated the circuit until she reached the glorious six-hour mark. Anyone else completely shocked by this astonishing, yet slightly crazy idea? 😅😅

Catherine said that this was a “really random” idea, which spurred from a comment her husband Marc made about combining a dip in Clovelly with his run.

“My mind spiralled and here we are! I have actually horrified myself with the lack of thought I put into it as there have been many times when I have wondered if it’s going to be possible, but ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’!”

That’s the Catherine that we know and love! 💪🏽👏🏻

 

Thanks to Catherine’s unwavering determination, the support of her husband and her great trainers from South Sydney Swim Development, Catherine came a long way from her first swim lesson in September 2020, when she could only manage 10m before losing her breath.

Catherine – you have left us speechless. You are the definition of a trooper! For someone who says she takes 15 minutes to get into the water on a hot day, having to jump in the water over and over again was a challenge in itself! 🏊‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️

In the end, Catherine raised an incredible $5,118 all up – donating $2,559 (50%) to Kiss Goodbye to MS to support our MS researchers and their invaluable work into better prevention, treatments and cures for MS.

Catherine donated the other 50% to the Irish Croí Heart & Stroke Charity in support of her mother back in Ireland, who sadly

experienced a severe haemorrhagic stroke in May last year. This resulted in serious physical and cognitive issues for her mother, and with overseas borders closed, it was a no brainer for her to include Croí as part of her fundraising efforts this year. ❤️

Catherine – we are in awe of your constant commitment to help power world-class MS research. THANK YOU ENDLESSLY for everything you do. We’re so happy we were able to pop down for a bit to cheer you on from the sidelines! 🙌

 

If Catherine has ignited your fire to challenge yourself, register your fundraiser here today or get in touch with us at kgtms@msra.org.au – we love talking all things fundraising and crazy ideas! 😍