As part of Brissie to the Bay this year, QPS’ very own Senior Sergeant Tanya Hunter was asked to be an ambassador for the event after living with MS for two years.
Senior Sergeant Hunter will be captain of ‘Tanya’s Trailblazers’ and the official starter of the 160km for the 2017 MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride on Sunday June 18.
Tanya received her MS diagnosis in the middle of 2015, after only having symptoms since the beginning of that same year.
After having numbness in her face, Senior Sergeant Hunter was initially referred for dental scans for wisdom tooth removal. She was then referred for an MRI which along with a lumbar puncture confirmed her MS diagnosis.
Senior Sergeant Hunter thought given today, May 31, was World MS Day, it was a good time for people to look toward to the next MS awareness event in June – Brissie to the Bay.
“After kicking-off the ride for the 160km riders, I will be part of the MS Cheer Squad for the day which is located near the finish line. We thank people for their support as they complete the ride,” Senior Sergeant Hunter said.
“For me, MS Queensland has provided a great deal of support since I’ve been diagnosed – physio, nurses, coordinators etc. A cure would be ideal but until then monies raised provide assistance, support, research and other important things to slow down the progress of the disease and to better manage issues as they occur.”
Senior Sergeant Hunter said she has felt well supported by QPS since her diagnosis.
“In particular I would like to acknowledge many of my colleagues and management in the Homicide Group as well as those in Ethical Standards Command, which is where I’m currently seconded.”
“I would like to thank them all for helping me out and for encouraging me to raise the profile of MS Brissie to the Bay.”
“Also I would like to give a shout out to the QPS headquarters gym staff who assist me with exercise programs.”
“I hope to continue raising awareness of MS and supporting MS Queensland whenever I am needed. My family and I continue to assist different MS organisations in both New South Wales and Queensland.”
You can still donate to Tanya’s Trailblazers and Brissie to the Bay ride to fight MS here.
Or click here to sign up to ride either 10km, 25km, 50km, 100km or the 160km on Sunday 18 June – get $20 off your entry price, enter B17DISC20 at Step 5 of the registration process.