A stroke of fortune

A stroke of fortune

A STROKE survivor who ran from Perth to Dunsborough to raise awareness of stroke prevention has been shortlisted for a national award.

Rob Goyen, 44, was named as a finalist in this year’s Stroke Foundation Awards for his gruelling 250km run.

It’s an amazing achievement as Mr Goyen couldn’t even walk after suffering a stroke 10 years ago.

“Recovering from a stroke is a long and difficult challenge,” he says.

“It has taken me a decade to get to the point where I am 99 per cent better physically, but there is still some way to go mentally.

“My stroke has changed the way I look at everything. I know it’s a cliché, but life is short and I have a second chance, so I am going to see what I can get out of my body.”

As well as raising awareness of how a healthy lifestyle can prevent a stroke, Mr Goyen is campaigning for high-quality stroke treatment for West Australians.

Stroke Foundation WA manager Jonine Collins says stroke can be prevented, treated and beaten.

“With the right treatment at the right time, many people are able to recover and live well after stroke: Rob is a testament to that.”

The Stroke Foundation Awards celebrate stroke survivors, carers, volunteers, health professionals and researchers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by stroke.

Mr Goyen was one of 28 finalists. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne later this month.

For more information go to http://www.strokefoundation.org.au

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