MAKING A SPLASH:  The Kingaroy Kickers Swimathon team raising funds for the more than 3,900 people living with MS in Queensland.
MAKING A SPLASH: The Kingaroy Kickers Swimathon team raising funds for the more than 3,900 people living with MS in Queensland. Contributed

Making a splash for a MS cure

KINGAROY'S Josie Potter is taking action to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis to make sure people don't have to live with the uncertainty of the disease like she does.

"I live with the hope that someday soon we will finally find a cure and say goodbye to MS," she said.

"I have the relapsing remitting form of MS and luckily for me I have more good days than bad.

"I lead a really good life, but many other people with MS are not as fortunate and are quite severely incapacitated.

"Life with MS is good days and bad days, and one can and does follow the other with no particular rhyme or reason."

This weekend she will make a splash alongside her friends at the MS Swimathon to raise funds for the 3,900 Queenslanders living with MS.

The Kingaroy Kickers team will line up at Griffith University in Brisbane to swim in a 12-hour relay to raise vital funds.

"I think it's wonderful that so many organisations and just ordinary people in the community get involved with MS Queensland's events to help raise money and awareness of this disease," she said.

Funds raised from the ten MS Swimathons across Queensland directly support the services provided to the local community including MS Queensland's service coordinators who support people living with MS throughout their journey.

The support can include accessing disability supports, connecting the person with services in their area such as physiotherapy or counselling and helping them manage and navigate the disability supports systems.

The swimathon will start at 7am on Sunday, February 10 at the Griffith University Aquatic and Fitness Centre with people of all abilities swimming in a style and a distance that suits them in freestyle, breaststroke, sidestroke, or doggy paddle or using a pool noodle or floating flamingo.

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