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/anna-brotherson-rotto-solo