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This November, I’m taking part in Stroke Foundation’s Stride4Stroke to help prevent, treat and beat stroke! We will be doing this by running a team marathon relay with bright lights and colours in the darkness. Turning the invisible, visible..
In Australia, one stroke occurs every 9 minutes.
It is one of Australia's biggest killers, killing more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
Stroke attacks the brain, the human control centre, changing lives in an instant. The impact of stroke can be devastating for the individual and the family. However, the impact of stroke can be prevented, with research indicating that around 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
On Saturday November 21st - in a time where we are socially apart - TrainingwithMates clients from our gym, families and many others within our TWM community will come together (in pairs) to partake in the TWM STRIDE4STROKE VISIBILITY RUN - raising awareness for young stroke survivors and turning their 'invisible' daily issues visible . We aim to run 28km (Bec was 28 when she had her stroke) along Kingston/Bayside coastline in a relay within our 5km lock-down postcodes. We will take off in the mornings darkness to signify the invisible side effects and finish in the mornings lightness. We will also all be wearing bright coloured and flashing lights that make us visible. The run can completed in a hop on, hop off manner where you can choose whatever distance you want at each check points.
4 years ago this October my eldest sister Bec had a Grade 5 Aneurysm. Bec was 28 at the time. A successful, healthy and beautiful paramedic who took life on with her rare sense of optimism, fun and a relaxed attitude. Bec was supposed to head to Europe the day following her stroke with her then partner. They were planning on starting a family. This all changed in the blink of an eye.
Fortunately, due to her dog Nala waking her up when she was unconscious in bed and her tech-savvy brain, she used her phone's voice control ‘Siri’ and managed to call 000. She was rescued - ironically by paramedics who she had worked with.
For those who can’t make the event due to lock-down restrictions we will be running a combined virtual marathon where participants will be asked to either spell STRIDE4STROKE or participate in their own relay with those in their area.
Please support our Stride4Stroke challenge with a donation today.
Your donation will help the Stroke Foundation support those affected right now and fund research to help prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery. Thank you.
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