“I was 22 when I had my stroke”
Stroke can strike anyone at any age. "It started out like any normal day. I had work at 9 and wanted to fit in a morning run beforehand. I headed off and not long into the run I started deviating to the left hand side occasionally. I thought this was strange but I just corrected my direction and kept running. About 5 min run from home my legs gave way and I fell to the ground." At 22, Hannah had a stroke.
Read Hannah's stroke story
Few people think about stroke until it touches their life – a parent, a sister, a child, a friend…struck down. It can happen to anyone at any age. Stroke changes the lives of families in an instant.
Did you know that stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers? It kills more women than breast cancer and more men then prostate cancer.
In fact, every 19 minutes a stroke attacks the brain of someone in Australia for the first time.
One stroke occurs every 19 minutes in Australia
2,444 Stroke survivors, their carers and families accessed StrokeLine and other stroke support services
445,000 Stroke survivors in Australia
The good news is that researchers and health professionals across Australia and around the world are constantly working to improve treatments, enhance recovery after stroke and perhaps even find a cure.
But they can’t do it alone.
Your efforts in raising funds means that researchers are given the time and resources to do their work. Stroke survivors and their families have support not just in the immediate aftermath of a stroke, but along the whole journey of recovery – however long that takes. Plus of course you are being healthy, which reduces your own risk of stroke.
Provides advice and support from a health professional on StrokeLine
Provides a stroke recovery pack to 3 stroke survivors
Trains a volunteer to deliver StrokeSafe community talks teaching the F.A.S.T signs of stroke
Helps stroke researchers with the funding they need to find the next game-changer in stroke