One woman is com­bat­ing Parkin­son’s with move­ment:

Shirley is min­imis­ing her suf­fer­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

PARKIN­SON’S Dis­ease has been a part of Shirley Voss’s life for 13 years, but her sav­ing grace has been ex­er­cise.

Her hus­band Allan Voss said their fam­ily, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were al­ways very ac­tive.

“Shirely’s ini­tial love was swim­ming and life sav­ing,” Allan said.

“At around the age of 40 she started to run and even­tu­ally took up triathlon.

“Our youngest son was by this stage a very suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sional triath­lete and this pushed her to­wards the sport, as we were at all of his races.”

The cou­ple had been liv­ing in WA but re­turned to Caloun­dra when Shirley’s par­ents were in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent.

After re­turn­ing to the Coast Shirley was then di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s Dis­ease in 2005.

“She had com­pleted many swims, the long­est be­ing 8km, two marathons, two half Iron­man triathlons and many Olympic dis­tance triathlons,” Allan said.

“There was also the var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of bike rid­ing, run­ning and swim­ming.”

Shirley and Allan joined Salt Health Club Currimundi in 2011 and have been wel­comed with open arms.

Club own­ers Wendy and Rick Young are no strangers to the dis­ease.

Rick’s fa­ther, Ian Young, died after a long bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease in 2008.

“It’s very close to our fam­ily,” Wendy said.

Due to the ill­ness touch­ing the lives of the cou­ple they de­cided on Parkin­son’s Queens­land as Salt’s on­go­ing char­ity of choice.

The of­fi­cial launch of sup­port for Parkin­son’s Queens­land was in early Septem­ber with a spe­cial fundrais­ing morn­ing at the club, which Allan and Shirley at­tended.

“On the day we raised over $500,” Wendy said.

“Our tar­get is to raise over $10,000 by June 2019,” she said.

“We want to sup­port Parkin­son’s Queens­land any­way we can.

“We love Shirley’s story be­cause she’s a big ad­vo­cate for how ben­e­fi­cial ex­er­cise is to the dis­ease.”

We love Shirley’s story... she’s a big ad­vo­cate for how ben­e­fi­cial ex­er­cise is to the dis­ease.

— Wendy Young

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SMIL­ING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES: Shirley turns 75 among com­pan­ions Allan, Rick, Wendy and Shannon.

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