A Woy Woy dad and daughter will honour the memory of their beloved father and grandfather when they take part in City to Surf (Sunday, August 11).
Damian Muldoon’s and his seven year old daughter Isla will tackle the 14 kilometre run in loving memory Billy, who lost his life to stroke five years ago.
Damian said Billy suffered six or seven strokes between 2008 and 2014, which impacted him physically and mentally.
“Each time Dad had made good progress in his recovery and was regaining his confidence he would have another stroke and we would be back to square one,” Damian said.
“It was devastating for him and for the whole family. I moved back home to help support both of my parents.
“Stroke can be cruel and the challenges are ongoing, but I know my family is not the only one to experience its impact.”
There will be around 500 strokes in the Robertson electorate this year alone and almost 4000 stroke survivors are living in the community.
Damian and Isla have chosen to run in City to Surf together to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation to help it continue to deliver vital programs for stroke survivors and their families.
Stroke Foundation New South Wales State Manager Rhian Paton Kelly applauded the father and daughter’s efforts.
“It’s likely to be an emotional day for Damian and Isla, but they can be incredibly proud of their efforts to help others with stroke,” Ms Paton- Kelly said.
“They have already raised more than $2300 for the Stroke Foundation which is an amazing achievement, and this will help in our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.
“Too many lives are being impacted by stroke, but it is treatable and it is beatable.”
More than 80 City to Surf participants have chosen the Stroke Foundation as their charity of choice this year.
If you would like to support Damian and Isla click here.