Stroke prompts shave

Kind act helps raise aware­ness

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Sarah Diony­sius Sarah.Diony­sius@sc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

ALL GONE: Re­becca Read shaved her hair last month to raise aware­ness for the Stroke Foun­da­tion after her mother suf­fered a stroke.

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