Stride for stroke

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

Bianca Stein­bock (22) lost her fa­ther Brad to an un­ex­pected stroke and is fundrais­ing and rais­ing aware­ness.

FAL­CON woman Bianca Stein­bock (22) truly un­der­stands the im­pact stroke can have on a loved one.

Her fa­ther Brad ex­pe­ri­enced a stroke ear­lier this year. He was just 54.

The stroke hap­pened in an in­stant.

It not only changed his life but also Bianca’s, as she took on the role of her fa­ther’s carer.

In Novem­ber, Bianca will Stride4stroke to help raise aware­ness of the dis­ease, to sup­port her fa­ther and raise money for vi­tal Stroke Foun­da­tion pro­grams.

“I am pas­sion­ate about giv­ing back to the Stroke Foun­da­tion through the Stride4stroke cam­paign be­cause Dad has made enor­mous progress and I am aware this is not the case for all,’’ she said.

“I would like to see more ser­vices avail­able to help peo­ple in his age group.

“The beauty of Stride4stroke is you can set your own phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity goal.

“I will be walk­ing my dog daily, which is some­thing I can do with Dad.

“As an added bonus, I will be re­duc­ing my own stroke risk by be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive.”

Stroke at­tacks the brain and can strike any­one at any age.

This year about 330 strokes will be ex­pe­ri­enced by peo­ple in the Can­ning area but it can be treated and it can be beaten.

Bianca is en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to fol­low her lead by tak­ing part in Stride4stroke in Novem­ber or do­nate to her ef­forts.

“Most of the peo­ple I know have a per­sonal con­nec­tion to stroke, whether it be a par­ent, grand­par­ents, friends or col­leagues,’’ she said.

“I ask the com­mu­nity – who will you stride for this Novem­ber?”

Stroke Foun­da­tion WA state man­ager Jo­nine Collins said funds raised would go to­wards pro­grams such as StrokeLine and fol­low-up ser­vices to help sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies tran­si­tion to life af­ter.

Reg­is­ter for Stride4stroke at www.strike4stroke.org.au.

Bianca Stein­bock, seen here with her fa­ther Brad, wants peo­ple to join Stride4stroke.

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