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Rocky husband receives MS Young Person of the Year award

TRUE LOVE: Shannon Kerr has been recognised as MS Young Person of the Year recently after his wife Rachel was diagnosed with MS at 17. INSET: The couple’s wedding day in 2009.
TRUE LOVE: Shannon Kerr has been recognised as MS Young Person of the Year recently after his wife Rachel was diagnosed with MS at 17. INSET: The couple’s wedding day in 2009. Allan Reinikka Rokakerr

LOVE may have its ups and downs in any relationship, but for Shannon Kerr, he's just doing what any husband would.

But a lot of people, especially his family, think the modest Rockhampton man does an amazing job supporting his wife Rachel.

Rachel, 24, was diagnosed with MS (multiple Sclerosis) in 2006.

Last week Shannon received the award for MS Young Person of the Year after being nominated by his sister-in-law Kelly.

He received the award to his surprise, at a reception hosted by Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland and MS Queensland Patron, Penelope Wensley.

He said he didn't see his efforts as worthy of an award.

"It absolutely blew me away, it's hard because I don't see it like that, you'd do the same for a mate," the 26-year-old said.

"There were times it's been really hard and it does take its toll but for me, it's just life. And you've got to remember a lot of people out there have it a lot worse."

After meeting each other at the age of 15, the pair fell in love and married in 2009.

The couple have endured their share of tough times along the way.

Just before she was to graduate from high school, Rachel went blind while at work one day.

She remained without sight for a period of time.

After a multitude of tests, she was diagnosed with MS and from that point on Shannon has never left her side.

They now have a son, Tate, who is almost two. Rachel works as a financial officer at CQUniversity and Shannon runs his own business, CQ Pool Supplies, which they both agree is just as hectic as any other family's lifestyle.

"We both work full-time and have the little fella, so it's a bit of a juggling act, but you just have to be positive," Rachel said.

WHAT IS MS?

Every working day five Australians are diagnosed with MS.

It's an incurable, chronic, and often disabling condition that randomly attacks and scars the protective insulation that surrounds the nerve fibres (myelin) in the brain and spinal cord.

Topics:  multiple sclerosis rockhampton



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