By Nicole Gaymer Join Me

I'm fundraising to prevent, treat and beat stroke!

I'm raising funds and awareness for Stroke Foundation to help prevent, treat and beat stroke.

Stroke attacks the brain, the human control centre, changing lives in an instant. It can happen to anyone, at any age and affects everyone differently.

Few people will think about stroke until it touches their life.

My story:

In late August 2020, I was working like any other day. My Dad was desperately trying to contact me. My daughter called work and told them it was urgent that I needed to call my Dad.

I can’t start to tell you all the emotions I was feeling. Shock, sadness, that horrible feeling in your gut that it was not good news.

I called and spoke to my Dad who told me Mum was in hospital. Due to the shock he was in, I didn’t get much more information. As you can imagine, I raced home, grabbed what I could and rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital to find out what exactly happened.

I walked in to see Mum, non responsive, and full of tubes helping her breathe. The doctor came in and explained that Mum had a haemorrhaging stroke. What did this mean?

I found out, she was brain dead and had little chance of survival. This hit our family hard as we are very united. The saddest part of all was letting her go. To do this we surrounded her with love while we watched her slip away.

It’s estimated more than 27,400 people will have a stroke in Australia for the first time in 2023, equating to one stroke every nineteen minutes.

Today, there are over 445,000 people in our community whose lives have been changed by stroke and their number is growing.

Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.

With your support, Stroke Foundation can provide support to those affected right now and fund research to fight stroke.

Join me today in making a difference to stroke prevention, treatment and care.