Leroy’s Squat for Stroke Challenge
My name is Leroy Gesslen and I'm a 77 year old stroke survivor who is raising funds and awareness for Stroke Foundation to help prevent, treat and beat stroke.
My goal is to raise $5,000 and complete 200 squats. By participating in this challenge, I aim to raise my personal worth in society as well as awareness and vital funds to help reduce the impact of stroke on individuals and their families.
What: Leroy’s Squat for Stroke
Where: Les Muller Park, cnr Coulson & Hart Street, Blackbutt QLD 4314
When: Sunday 17th December from 9am
Why: We all experience tragedy & loss in the journey of life to which I can testify.
In April of 2012, through no fault of my own, I was involved in a serious car accident and suffered multiple injuries. Less than 4yrs. later my wife passed away.
Finally, some good news, I met Deb, and we were married in March 2018.
It was only 7 months later I suffered a stroke which debilitated the left side of my body and brought mine and Deb’s fresh dreams to a sudden halt.
I was once a very active man and now after 5 years of living with the effects of a stroke, I can become frustrated with a sense of uselessness, which can quickly spiral downwards into depression.
Please support me and donate to give me a lift up, by contributing what you can, in my effort to Fundraise4Stroke.
Stroke is a serious condition that can have life-changing effects, and timely intervention is crucial. That's why it's important to recognise the signs of stroke using the F.A.S.T. test:
F - Face: Check if their face has drooped.
A - Arms: Can they lift both arms?
S - Speech: Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
T - Time: Time is critical. If you notice any of these signs, call 000 immediately.
Every minute counts during a stroke, as up to 1.9 million brain cells can be lost per minute. Sharing this information can help others recognise the signs and seek prompt medical attention, potentially saving lives and minimising the impact of stroke-related brain damage.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped share my journey. It means so much to me. Together we are helping Stroke Foundation change the landscape of stroke prevention, treatment and care. If you’d like to help me make a difference, you can chip in too.