Brothers run to support kids with stroke

Three brothers from Cessnock are getting ready to put on their running gear and raise funds for Australia’s youngest stroke survivors when they take part in the Maitland River Run this Sunday.

It’s a very personal cause for the Hunter family after 11 year old Trey suffered a life threatening stroke within 24 hours of his birth.

Trey’s mum Candice said while Trey’s recovery has had its challenges, he is doing well and will tackle the four kilometre course on Sunday with gusto.

“Trey is an extremely determined character and I will be cheering loudly for him and his brothers Beau, 14, and Declan, 9, from the sidelines,” Candice said.

“I am thrilled they can share this experience and raise funds for the event’s charity of choice, the Little Stroke Warriors, at the same time.

“I have been involved with the Little Stroke Warriors for almost two years. Not only does the group connect and support young stroke survivors and their families around Australia, it raises awareness of paediatric stroke in the wider community.”

Little Stroke Warriors is partnering with Stroke Foundation to develop a resource specifically designed for families of paediatric stroke at the point of diagnosis to ensure parents don’t leave hospital confused and anxious about the journey ahead. The organisations are united in advocating for greater research and tailored health services to support our youngest stroke survivors and enable them to thrive.

Stroke attacks the brain – the human control centre. Around 500 babies and children have strokes in Australia each year and more than half of the children who survive have life-long disabilities which have a huge impact on their loved ones.

Stroke Foundation Acting Chief Executive Officer Toni Aslett said many people were not aware stroke can strike at any age and can even impact babies in utero.

“More research into paediatric stroke is needed to ensure there is no delay in diagnosis and children are given the best opportunity to recover and live well,” Ms Aslett said.

“Trey is proof that with targeted care and support it is possible for young stroke survivors to thrive and achieve their goals.”

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