Stroke prompts shave
Kind act helps raise awareness
IT CAN happen to anyone at any time and there aren’t always warning signs.
This is the message Maroochydore woman Rebecca Read wants to spread to raise awareness of strokes, after a personal experience that threatened the life of her mum.
In March, the nursing student’s life turned upside down when her mum suffered a stroke in the middle of the night.
Ms Read said she had just returned from working a shift at the Buderim Private Hospital and “had a really bad gut feeling”.
“Then two hours later my stepdad was waking me up saying he needed my help with Mum,” she said.
“Luckily she was treated within the first four hours within having the stroke and she’s been recovering really well.”
The 18-year-old said the experience had brought her family closer together and she now wanted to do something to give back to a cause that helped them.
Ms Read made the brave decision to shave off her hair in a bid to raise money for the Stroke Foundation.
“I hope this will help people understand how bad a stroke can be and that it can happen to anyone,” she said. “It’s basically about raising awareness but also raising money to help other people out there as well.”
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, yet more than 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented.
To donate to Ms Read’s cause, visit give.everydayhero.com/au/shave-forstroke.
❝ I hope this will help people understand how bad a stroke can be and it can happen to anyone. — Rebecca Read
ALL GONE: Rebecca Read shaved her hair last month to raise awareness for the Stroke Foundation after her mother suffered a stroke.