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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.


After one month in and out of surgery due to further brain bleeds, vasospasms and other complications we finally got some reassurance that she would be ok - yet live a very different life. In hindsight now, this acute period of her recovery, despite the emotional trauma, was an easier part to deal with compared to the emotional roller coaster of what was to come.


For someone who thought ‘strokes’ only happened to older people, I had no idea why this had happened to her at such a young age nor what was entailed in the future for me and my family.

The following 4 years since Bec’s stroke have been incredibly challenging for Bec and my family and this is why I want to raise awareness to promote the ‘invisible’ consequences of strokes particularly ABI’s and TBI’s for young people.


She was incredibly lucky not to have any long term paralysis which I thought was the main component of recovery due to my lack of knowledge of what happens to the brain after an ABI.


However - I was not expecting the severe mental health issues including anxiety, depression and PTSD, the brain fog, energy slump, memory loss, personality changes, financial stress, relationship break up, job employment discrimination and reduced confidence, social support and motivation. These issues are invisible - you can not see the brain damage.


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.
We are aiming to raise $5,000 and have over 100 people participate in the inaugural event that we have a long term vision for.


We want more people to be educated in strokes, show greater kindness and empathy towards those who may seem a bit different, slow or inappropriate - you just never know what they have been through.


We are hoping that by then participants may be able to run further with restrictions easing but at this stage this is our plan.


Bec was also incredibly lucky to have such a supportive network and family - something that isn’t evident amongst many other survivors where they end up living in Aged Care Facilities. We want to be involved in changing this.

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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Steph Glanville

Such an amazing event to everyone helping spread the word.

$208.80

Cal & Emma Ransom

$156.60

Christopher Newnham

$156.60

Daniel Maitland

$156.60

Jarrad

Incredible initiative

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Jack Munro

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Tim Appel

Wonderful effort and wonderful cause

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Thomas Pewtress

Running for a great cause! Great work Darcy.

$78.30

Chris Richards

Great stuff Dan and the team!!

$78.30

Bob Nottle

Great cause. Go hard

$78.30

Anthony Wilson

$78.30

Stephen Pewtress

Good luck Darcy with your efforts!!

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Issy Hore

$62.64

Bianca Ryder

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Bianca Clancy

$52.20

Tom & Nerida Mcmahon

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Michael Lawes

Great work Maits!

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Thea Luke

$50

Glenn Warren-smith

Darcy- great work, and initiative 👍👍

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Steve Shorten

All the best

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Sammy D’andrea

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Mike Durack

Fantastic initiative Daniel - well done!

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Trish Soulsby

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Chris Harms

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Anita Smith

Goodonya team TWM!

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Owen Leonard

Keen for the run and happy to be involved in a great cause!!

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Mark Mullins

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Connor Downie

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Parker

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Hannah Radford

Amazing stuff TWM!!

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Great cause!

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