An article in The Age newspaper in Melbourne by Julia Medew, health reporter, described the five year follow-up results of the MS retreats at the Gawler Foundation in the context of the ongoing recovery of Craig Wheeler, a retreat participant. As reported in the paper:
"Before I started the program my symptoms got worse and worse, and although some medication helped, I was relapsing every three months and doctors just kept prescribing more drugs, giving me no hope that I could recover," he said.
Craig later reported that he regained movement in his legs and was able to run six laps of an oval. As described in the paper in Neurological Sciences, this is not an unusual occurrence for people with MS attending the retreats; on average they had around a 20% improvement physically.