An Essendon man has begun a gruelling challenge to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation after his beloved father and grandfather suffered strokes within a week of each other.
Harrison Sealey, 21, set himself a target to cycle 1086 kilometres in 30 days raising awareness of stroke and funds for the Stroke Foundation.
The ride started on Wednesday May 20.
Harrison’s father Graham Sealey and grandfather John Sealey, of Portland, are thankfully recovering well after their strokes.
“I was shocked to learn about their strokes, especially so close together,” Harrison said.
“I’m aware stroke can be fatal and is a leading cause of disability, so it was really tough on my family in the early days when we didn’t know what the impact would be.”
A stroke strikes the brain, the human control centre, it can impact everything we think and do.
Harrison was inspired by his father to turn the family’s situation into something positive to help others.
“Dad has always been very involved in his community and has walked from Melbourne to Portland on many occasions to raise funds for charity,” Harrison said.
“It’s now my turn to make a contribution to a charity that means something to me personally.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support from family, friends and my work colleagues for my fundraiser so far.”
Harrison is riding up to 50 kilometres each day on bike tracks in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs and on the Mornington Peninsula. He has raised $2,500 and counting.
Stroke Foundation Victorian State Manager Eamonn O’Toole applauded Harrison for his determination.
“It is heartening to see a family member want to make a difference for others,” Mr O’Toole said.
“Recovery from stroke does not end when people leave hospital. It can be a long and extremely difficult journey which impacts not only the survivor, but their loved ones too.
“The good news is with the right treatment at the right time and with drive, assistance and support, many people are able to recover and live well after stroke.
Support Harrison and help the Stroke Foundation in its mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.