Fight stroke case study

Felicity-1Flick started running at the ripe old age of 38 when she decided to put her body to the test and run her first half-marathon in 2015.

“Raising funds for the National Stroke Foundation was an easy decision for me. When I was eighteen years old, my father suffered a massive stroke. It impacted our lives dramatically and I will always reflect on that period of my life as being the most challenging and stressful.

In addition to the physical disability that my father was left with for the rest of his life, I found his change in personality to be a very difficult thing to accept. A brain injury can have such broad and far-reaching consequences - it was only in years to come that I realised how deeply it had affected my relationship with Dad.

It was a privilege to raise awareness and funds for the National Stroke Foundation by running the Age Run in 2015. When the pain started to kick in at around the 17km point, I reminded myself how fortunate I am to be able to run. Not everybody has that luxury and it is something I am grateful for on a daily basis.

When I crossed the finish line, and knowing that I had reached my fund-raising target of over $2k, I felt that I'd achieved something pretty special.

Dad is no longer alive, but he was certainly with me that day.”