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JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE EFFECTS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Fightmaster Charles and Philip montage

This World Parkinson’s Day 2021, we are fundraising to purchase more ‘Fightmasters’ for our Centres regionally and in the metro area.

A Fightmaster is a sophisticated piece of boxing equipment that enables Clients to experience the benefits of boxing as an exercise therapy, something that is proven to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

“With Parkinson’s disease, your movements are slow, small and weak but for boxing you have to make fast, large, strong movements,” says Dr David Blacker, a neurologist who is developing a non-contact boxing program for Parkinson’s patients at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Perron Institute.

MSWA Rockingham Client, Charles Van Niekerk (pictured left), who has been using one of the three Fightmasters MSWA was able to purchase last year, says that for him it is more than that.

“Boxing with the Fightmaster has improved my concentration and memory greatly. It’s not just a matter of hitting the punchbag - that’s easy! The challenge is hitting the numbered pads in a sequence. It’s helped me to build that part of my brain up – give it exercise. I don’t know the words to express how grateful I am to MSWA for the difference their input has made to my condition.”

“To anyone else with Parkinson’s like myself, I’d highly recommend boxing therapy with a Fightmaster. I’d be very pleased if more people with Parkinson’s across WA had access to one.”

To help us install this vital piece of equipment in more of our Services Centres, follow this link to donate.

If you or a family member are living with Parkinson’s disease, read more about the ways MSWA supports people living with Parkinson’s.

GIVE MADDY’S FAMILY THE GIFT OF HOPE

MSWA Customer Maddy, living with multiple sclerosis and daughter Karla

Maddy Clark was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at just 10 years old — almost unheard of at her young age.

Now 30, Maddy has been supported by MSWA every step of the way through her 20-year journey.

MS impacts Maddy’s day-to-day life in different ways. She experiences vision problems, fatigue, spasms, and loss of mobility, with limited function in her arms and hands.

Through MSWA, Maddy accesses speech pathology, social welfare, occupational therapy, counselling, and nursing, and visits our Services Centres for other specialist treatments.

YOUR SUPPORT HELPS US SUPPORT MADDY EVERY DAY.

MADDY’S FAVOURITE PART OF THE DAY IS MORNINGS WITH KARLA.

“She’s such a good girl,” said Maddy. “She knows all about my MS and helps me a lot around the house.”

After Karla goes to school and Anand, Maddy's husband heads off to work, Maddy starts her day – going to appointments, swimming on Tuesdays, and volunteering at a nursing home on Thursdays.

“I love going there for a gossip,” she laughed.

On weekends, it’s all about family time. Maddy loves spending time with Karla, taking her out to do her favourite things like bowling, trampolining and more.

MSWA Customer Maddy, living with multiple sclerosis and daughter Karla

HELP US FIND A CURE FOR MS WITH A DONATION.

MSWA funded researcher Associate Professor Jenny Rodger

Your donation will help fund more research into MS, as well as critical support services, so Maddy can continue to share time with her family. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.

As Australia’s largest contributor to MS research, MSWA is committed to finding the cause, better treatments — and even a cure — for MS and other neurological conditions.

In the past year alone, we have invested $3.5M into local, national, and global research projects, but there is still more work to be done.

To find out more about our projects, head to our commitment to research page.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP US CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT RESEARCH, AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE LIKE MADDY, KARLA AND ANAND.

GIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE FOR A CURE WITH A DONATION TO MSWA.

If you have any questions about making a donation, you can email us at donate@mswa.org.au.