Help fund vital stroke research

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“Without life-saving stroke research, it could have been horribly different.”

Kate, stroke survivor


You never know when you’re going to need a helicopter to airlift you hundreds of kilometres to emergency surgery. 

You don’t wake up in the morning and think, “Today I’ll need a stroke specialist to remove a deadly clot from my brain and save my life!

You never know when you’re going to need life-saving stroke treatment – made possible by medical breakthroughs we’ve championed here at the Stroke Foundation.

Kate is one of the people we’re proud to have helped through the funding of innovative stroke research.

Kate lives in regional Victoria, she’s a wife to Jed, and mum to Charlotte and little Mason. At just thirty-four years of age, carrying Mason on her hip, Kate had a major stroke.

Kate remembers the day, “When I woke at 6am, I didn’t feel great. It wasn’t the usual tiredness from our active two-year-old finding his way to our bed – I had spots in my right eye [vision] and I thought I was going to vomit.

When she went to pick-up her son Mason from child-care later that morning, the most unexpected thing happened. In Kate’s own words, “I could no longer stand up. Mason slid off my hip… while I collapsed to the floor. “Everything on my right side had gone numb and I was unable to talk,” Kate continues, “I tried desperately to get up but it was no use.

Soon after she arrived in hospital, Kate was told she had experienced a stroke.

Kate was flown by emergency helicopter to a Melbourne hospital where she received world-leading clot retrieval – a procedure pioneered right here in Australia thanks to support from donors just like you.


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Kate being airlifted to Melbourne.   Kate in Bali with her family.  Kate participating in Stride4stroke. 

Please join us today to change the future of stroke treatment and care. With the right knowledge and expertise, we can save lives. Together, we can stop stroke. You just never know when it’ll matter for someone you love.

We must stop stroke before it reaches our loved ones. Now more than ever we need to invest in research, please donate today to help uncover the next breakthrough.

Please donate today to fund vital stroke research.