Kicking MS to the curb in Masters Women’s Footy: Kyllie Garrett’s story

Kyllie Garrett doesn’t want her children Kleo, 4, and Nixon, 2, to remember her as a mum that couldn’t do the things they wanted to do.



The 35-year-old Delacombe finance expert has multiple sclerosis and its effects – numbness, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, vertigo, nerve pain and coordination issues – are debilitating.


Melton Central Team


The devastating impact on her life, and that of her family, prompted Ms Garrett to scour the world to find an effective treatment. As a result she has been offered a place in a Russian stem cell therapy clinic next year, but it comes at a cost of more than $100,000.



Ms Garrett hopes an autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant, or HSCT, will reset her immune system and stop her MS progressing.



After a workplace accident left her partner Lance with post traumatic stress disorder and unable to work, Ms Garrett is the family breadwinner.



“That’s put a lot of pressure on me to be able to continue to work,” she said.



“I figure if I can extend my working life by 15 years it’s money well spent and if it’s going to get my kids through to 18 and being independent, then that’s a good benefit.


Charity Round for MS, Kyllie with her two children


Kyllie still manages to play Womens football and travels from Ballarat to Melton twice a week, she a huge part of the Melton Central Women’s team and as this is being posted, she and her family are travelling up to Coffs Harbour in NSW to play for the Vic Metro Team (her second year).



As a challenge to her state counterparts and to raise money and awareness for her cause she has issued a challenge to all participants in the competition:




The team / state that can pledge the most $$ towards her cause will have her shaving their state logo into the back of her head!



This year Kyllie and the help of her footy team raised over $6000 for the Kiss Goodbye to MS Campaign and shaved her head for the cause… now the cause is much greater… for herself.



Find out more details or donate:



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The Vic Metro team going to Coff’s Harbour


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About Yvette Wroby

Yvette Wroby writes, cartoons, paints through life and gets most pleasure when it's about football, and more specifically the Saints. Believes in following dreams and having a go.

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