Loxton North Panthers raise more than $12k for Parkinson’s research in honor of club’s doctor

Every year the Loxton North Football Club raises money for a cause close to its heart, and this year is no exception.

It has raised more than $12,000 for Parkinson’s disease research in honor of the club’s beloved physician.

Andrew “Doc” Searles moved to Riverland in South Australia about 25 years ago, where he worked as one of the doctors in Loxton’s close-knit community.

When his son James joined the local soccer team, the Loxton North Panthers, it wasn’t long before Dr Searles joined in.

The medical expertise of Dr. Searles secured him a steadfast role as a club doctor, as Brett Tschirpig, the A-class coach confirmed.

“If anyone was injured, they would run out and make sure they were okay, and not just for our club,” he said.

“It didn’t matter if it was us or someone else, he would lend a hand and give them the help they needed.”

Over the years, Dr. Searles a linchpin of the club, he became president and received lifelong membership in recognition of his services.

Dr Searles (third from right) took home one of the acclaimed charity round Guernseys.(Delivered)

Raising money to find a cure

Half a decade ago, the club icon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which he said changed his life.

“Probably six or seven years ago I was still playing squash and cricket on a regular basis, and that hindered that a bit,” he said.

“I was doing anesthesia as part of my routine GP practice and had to stop because part of the symptoms is a tremor.

“So I decided I better get out of anesthesia before there was a problem.”

As a physician, Dr. Searles more about the disease than the average person.

“Unfortunately, it is a progressive condition and as yet there is no cure, but we can certainly do many things to control the various symptoms,” he said.

“You hear things like deep brain stimulation and laser therapy, but there’s always research going on.”

An elderly man, wearing glasses, a gray mustache pink hat, holds two women against him, all smiles at the camera, wears a pink ribbon.
The Loxton community has raised money for the charity of The Hospital Research Foundation Group.(Delivered)

Tschirpig said that since Dr. Searles wasn’t one to knock on his own horn, the club liked to do it on his behalf.

“I think he was really surprised by it, but also humbled,” Tschirpig said.

“Doc is someone who doesn’t like to brag about himself, but likes to brag about others, so it was good to do that for him.”

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