The 61-year-old former builder was diagnosed with MS, a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, in 1991 after experiencing various unexplained symptoms for a decade.
‘For quite a long time there were little things going wrong and no one could put a label on it,’ Russell said.
Confined to a wheelchair and unable to use his left hand, Russell is still trying to live life to the full, travelling Australia with his wife Joanne and supporting his 24-year-old son Tim’s campaign to take part in the Run for a Reason to raise money for the MS Society of WA.
Tim, who lives in Rivervale, said his father initially laughed at the idea of him running 12km.
‘I’ve been training for a few months a couple of times a week ” I couldn’t run 1km when I started,’ Tim said.
Within eight hours of setting up his fundraising page, Tim reached his goal of $500.
He is now running with a team of 30 members ” Quick’s FIG JAM Crew ” that aims to raise more than $20,000 and be one of the top three fundraising teams.
Personally, Tim is aiming to run the 12km in under an hour, which would get him an additional $500 in donations.
Behind the fundraising and the support of the MS Society of WA is Russell’s wife of 28 years, Joanne, who is his full-time carer.
‘She’s the glue of our family,’ Tim said.
The Run for a Reason is on May 26.
To donate to the Quick’s FIG JAM Crew, visit www.hbfrun?fund raising.com.au/tim_quick