“When my beautiful daughter, Adalynn, was a baby, I noticed she never met her milestones on time… Alarm bells went off in my mind,” Caris remembers.

One month later, they heard news that shocked them to their core.

Adalynn had suffered a massive stroke as a small baby!

No one expects stroke in a young person, especially not children and babies.

“I thought that was only something that happened to older people.” Caris shares, “We felt like we were the only people in the world that had a baby who had a stroke.”

That’s why your gift today is so important. You can bring hope and support to survivors of stroke and their families during the holidays. Donate now

When your baby has a stroke, it’s easy to wonder if you could’ve done something to prevent it.

Caris admits, “I have struggled with this emotion over the years. But paediatric stroke isn’t anyone's fault – never was and never will be.”

Thankfully 7 years later, Adalynn is smashing goals – walking, talking and even playing piano.

She is determined, confident and ready to take on the next goal.

The support from her parents, siblings and network of health professionals has been crucial.

But finding the Little Stroke Warriors community helped the whole family, “It was phenomenal! Just knowing there are other families going through the same experience has been so supporting for us… Knowing you’re not alone...”

When you have the support you need, you can overcome anything.

Will you bring much-needed support to survivors and their families this holiday season?

Your support today can make sure families have access to the right networks on their journey after stroke.

You can help families make sense of life after stroke with access to Our Family’s Stroke Journey booklets in hospital, or make sure families don’t feel so alone with online communities like Little Stroke Warriors.

With your support we know we can reach even more Australians after stroke – through innovations like our recently launched Young Stroke Project, connecting younger survivors and their families with tailored resources.

A stroke strikes every 19 minutes in Australia – but you can give survivors hope for the journey ahead.

Donate now and make sure families like Adalynn’s have support this holiday season.