Mak­ing great strides

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

ON be­half of the Stroke Foun­da­tion, I would like to thank lo­cal res­i­dents who took the chal­lenge to Stride4stroke in Novem­ber and those who sup­ported their ef­forts.

Col­lec­tively, we strode all around the world, clock­ing al­most 60,000 kilo­me­tres, or more than 1400 marathons.

Our strid­ers hit the streets in droves, walk­ing, run­ning, wheel­ing, cy­cling and even rollerblad­ing in a com­mu­nity-wide ef­fort to get mov­ing while rais­ing funds and aware­ness for the Stroke Foun­da­tion.

Stride4stroke par­tic­i­pants and their sup­port­ers were united by one com­mon pur­pose – to beat stroke.

Stroke is one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest killers and a lead­ing cause of dis­abil­ity.

It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.

One in six of us will have a stroke in our life­time and its im­pact can be dev­as­tat­ing.

Most of our strid­ers have seen this dev­as­ta­tion first-hand, ei­ther hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a stroke them­selves or watch­ing a loved one suf­fer.

Stroke is far too com­mon, but we aim to change that.

Stroke is largely pre­ventable, it is treat­able and I, along­side the hun­dreds of Aus­tralians who took part in Stride4stroke, be­lieve we can beat this dis­ease.

To beat stroke, we need to at­tack it on all fronts. We need to:

Em­power Aus­tralians to take pos­i­tive life­style changes to avoid a deadly stroke in the first place;

En­sure all Aus­tralian house­holds know the signs of stroke and know they must call 000. Every stroke is a med­i­cal emer­gency;

Re­search the devel­op­ment of ef­fec­tive treat­ments to en­sure that sur­vivors make their best re­cov­ery pos­si­ble.

Visit stride4stroke.org.au to get in­volved. Sharon McGowan, Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Stroke Foun­da­tion.

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