One woman is combating Parkinson’s with movement:
Shirley is minimising her suffering
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
SMILING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES: Shirley turns 75 among companions Allan, Rick, Wendy and Shannon.