Swim for dad, dis­ease

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By BELINDA CIPRI­ANO

CITY Beach mum Anna Brother­son will take to the wa­ter in sup­port of her fa­ther and Parkin­son’s WA for this year’s Rottnest Chan­nel Swim.

Mrs Brother­son’s dad was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion just over a year ago, and she hopes to raise about $5000 to help the foun­da­tion.

The mother-of-three said her fa­ther’s di­ag­no­sis came as a shock to her fam­ily and it was im­por­tant to help raise money and aware­ness to the cause.

“My fa­ther was al­ways vi­brant and ac­tive, gen­er­ous with his time and love,” she said.

“Dad has been a com­mu­nity phar­ma­cist in Ap­ple­cross since his late 20s and only re­tired this year.

“His Parkin­son’s symp­toms be­gan with a mild con­trol­lable tremor in his right hand but now he finds it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to per­form a sim­ple task such as writ­ing in my birth­day card. This re­ally sad­dens me and I feel for him.

“I am amazed at how preva­lent Parkin­son’s is amongst peo­ple I know. Un­der­stand­ing more about Parkin­son’s will only be achieved through re­search and this costs money,” she said.

Anna’s goals are to raise $5000 and fin­ish the 19.7km swim to Rottnest, which she has pre­vi­ously swum in a team and duo.

Her train­ing started eight months ago and she now swims five times a week av­er­ag­ing 20-25km.

To sup­port Anna, visit www.rot­tnestswim2017.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/annabroth­er­son-rotto-solo

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