Stephen Papadopoulos

Fundraising Rank: 28 / 1,569

I'M RIDING 82KM THIS OCTOBER
THE DISTANCE FROM
Sydney TO WOLLONGONG

My Activity Tracking

Distance

1km

My Goal

82km

Distance Rank: 382 / 1,569

I'm taking on this year's first VIRTUAL Challenge to fight MS!

Hey guys, "Papo" here and as most of you know I've been fighting MS for 25 years. 

I've been involved in the MS Gong Ride for 17 years now, and but this is the first year I get to do the MS Gong Ride on my own terms. I can ride as much as I like, when I like throughout the month of October to support others like me.

For those who dont know my story with MS - I was only 16 years old, when i experience my first symptoms, blurred vision, shortly followed by the feeling of pins and needles over my entire body, right before my HSC. I was finally diagnosed with MS in August 2001 at 22 years of age when all my symptoms struck at once. 

At that time, I was an apprenticeship as a chef. I was experiencing loss of balance and slurred speech. I kept falling and knocking things over in the kitchen, and so I had to keep proving to my manager that I wasn't coming into work drunk.

I also lost 97% of my vision, lost the feeling to most parts of my body, and it was extremely painful to be touched by another person. My GP referred me to a Neurologist and I had an MRI.  I was officially diagnosed with MS.

After years of confusion, it was a HUGE relief to have a diagnosis, because it explained all those invisible symptoms, and it meant I was not making things up or going crazy (which is very comforting).

Fast forward to today, and I'm still living every day with symptoms. I have pins and needles in my hands and feet, combined with a never-ending burning sensation and sharp stabbing pains over 90% of my body. This constant pain means, anything touching my skin hurts –the clothes I am wearing, having a shower, hugs. Even the bed sheets hurt, so I wake from pain each night. On average, I can only sleep about four hours per day.

The last few months have been pretty challenging... multiple sclerosis is a very lonely disease, but throw in a pandemic with social distancing…

I am taking on the challenge this October to do something really awesome for others, like me, who live with MS. I love to ask your support. All Your fundraising efforts through in the MS Gong Ride means that people living with multiple sclerosis can continue to receive vital support and personalised services.

Together we can ensure NO ONE has to fight MS alone.

My Achievements

Updated Profile

Self Donated

Sent An Email

Shared Page

Received Five Donations

Reached 50% of Fundraising Target

Reached 100% of Fundraising Target

Logged First KM

Reached Distance Target

Thank you to my Sponsors

$100

Cynthia

$85.61

Elaine James

Good Luck Stephen all the best to make the october goal.

$78.30

Vanessa Langsam

Go well Papo! Your MSL email worked on me!

$78.30

Francis

$78.30

Ben Holgate

Stephen, you're a star. I can't resist donating to your ride!

$78.30

Michael Darby

Great Stuff

$52.20

Karen Thackray

Darling I DO BELIEVE you can do anything you put your mind to!! You overcome more then most people on daily basis. This in comparison is a piece of cake xxx

$52.20

Lisa Davis

Great work Stephen cant wait to hear how you go

$52.20

Anne Crowley

Loved your invitation to sponsor! Hope you get a lot of joy out of achieving your gong goal and the contribution you are making!

$52.20

Annie Sassin

Go Stephen - you rock!!

$52.20

Laura Henschke

You are a champ! Keep on riding and taking up challenges.

$52.20

Anonymous

Your parents did do a great job Stephen! Wishing you every success with your fundraising

$52.20

Nick Georgiou

Go for it Stephen - all the best

$31.32

Tegan Campbell

Well done Stephen! You are a great inspiration!

$31.32

Sarah Goddard

Ride Pappo Ride. Look forward to hearing how you go.

$26.10

Diane Digenova

Good luck Stephen 😎

$26.10

Robyn Shuttleworth

I am so proud of you Stephen. Cant wait to go on a virtual ride together, and to get my prize!!

$26.10

Gillian Kennedy

best wishes hope you achieve or even exceed your goal, thanks for going this

$26.10

Shea Shelton

GO GO GO my favourite celb hunter! :)

$20.88

Natalie Silvestro

Go Go Stephen!!

$20.88

Sam Nixon

$20.88

Amanda Henderson

Good luck with your ride!!

$20.88

Jane Bridgman

Wishing you all the best in your virtual gong ride!

$20.88

Nicola Graham

Big smile Steve post your infusion - and get peddling!! :) All the best, Nicola, Education Team at MS

$20.88

Anonymous

All the best :)

$10.44

Heather Perry

Best of Luck with your ride this year.

$10

Katarina Moujalli

Good luck :)

$10

Fleur Huston

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