Alan FitzGerald

2021 Melbourne MS Maccabi National Swimathon

My MS Journey

About 25 or so years ago I woke up one Saturday morning not being able to see properly, my right hand, face, lips, & leg were numb and I was scared absolutely sh!tless - OK one day, a mess the next.

My wife was away, so I made my way to the hospital and didn't leave for a week. After a battery of tests, MS was the diagnosis.

For the last 25 years, I have been extremely lucky and as my neurologist has told me on many an occasion, I dodged the world's biggest bullet.

Over that time whilst everything 'kinda' resolved itself, including me being able to run 5 full marathons, many others are not so fortunate. 
So I am raising funds for MS Australia doing what I really enjoy these days, swimming. Any contribution/support is very welcome.

Alan

I'M TAKING THE CHALLENGE TO FIGHT MS!

Aside from looking forward to joining others in the fun and atmosphere on the day, I’m taking part to raise funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other chronic neurological condition and average age of diagnosis is 30. It can strike anyone at any time and the symptoms vary so widely.

For instance, can you imagine waking up one day unable to do the everyday things you would usually take for granted? Like not being able to see properly (or at all), you physically can’t get out of bed, can’t walk to the phone to call someone – anyone – or live a life without pain?

All of a sudden your world has changed.

By being part of this event, and because of your generous sponsorship, the funds we raise will allow people living with multiple sclerosis to access vital MS Support Services. Services such as MS Peer Support, connecting people who are newly diagnosed with those who have lived with multiple sclerosis for a number of years, or the MS Employment Support program keeping Aussies living with multiple sclerosis in the work force.

Thank you again for your support.

My Achievements

Uploaded a Profile Picture

Made a Personal Donation

Shared my Fundraising Page

Received Five Donations

Reached 50% of Fundraising Goal

Reached 75% of Fundraising Goal

Reached 100% of Fundraising Goal

MS Hero Fundraiser

Thank you to my Sponsors

$208

Marc Iceberger

Game on, Alan!

$157.60

Alan Fitzgerald

$156

Craig Waldon

Fantastic effort Alan,

$104

Hari

Great cause - good luck with the swim!

$104

Mike & Paula Moser

Such a great cause. Your story is truly an amazing one! Love ya Al!

$104

Christopher Dahl

$72.80

Ric Leahy

Good on ya Al.

$52

Ben Lyons

Good on you Alan!

$52

Kathy

Great cause Alan and Roelof. Hope the swim goes well.

$52

Patrick Frigo

$52

Peter J Waters

A good cause and good guy to boot! Go Al!

$52

Nin

Way to go Al and Roelof! Always an inspiration Al-Pal! x

$52

Jean Dunkley-smith

Thank you for sharing your journey and good luck with reaching your goal.

$52

Olivia Coburn

Good on you Alan!!

$52

Anonymous

Hope you crush the swim!

$52

Pat And Emil

It is a great effort, Alan

$52

Stephen Alleway

Lets get you to the top of that board! BR Stephen

$52

Lynda Raymond

... stay safe, stay well.

$52

Ross Headifen

Glad you dodged that bullet Alan

$52

Paul Gerrard

Great effort Alan

$52

Muchael Harris

Good luck in your swimming challenge Alan!

$26

Danielle Watts

Go Alan - a very good cause indeed. Swim hard and if you need company I might just jump in the water with you so let's know!

$26

Fiona Beauchamp

Go Alan!!!!

$20.80

Chris Walker

$20.80

Steph Kenealy

I had no idea Al! Would love to hear more about it if it’s something you don’t mind talking about!

$20.80

Jose Camara

Great initiative Alan and well done

$20.80

Jeri Wambeek

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have that happen. Life is so fragile and every day we have our bodies and minds willing and able is a genuine blessing. Good luck to you and your team in raising funds for a great cause.

$20.80

Rachel Mcnally

Just keep swimming 🐠 🐠

$10.40

Benjamin Tag

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