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Robert is alive today because of generous donors like you who support lifesaving medical research.

When Robert and Dawn found out their beloved Adelaide Crows had made it to the Preliminary Final this year, they were ecstatic.

Long time, dedicated supporters they travelled from their home in Port Pirie ready to watch their team battle it out at Adelaide Oval.

Sadly, Robert never made it to the game that afternoon.

Instead, Dawn watched her husband of 49 years suffer a stroke while parking their car in the garage. I’m sure you can imagine how scared Dawn must have been.

“I knew he had a stroke just by looking at him. He was droopy on his side and looked at me with a really glazed expression and couldn’t speak,” Dawn said.

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With time being a critical factor, Dawn knew that she had to get her husband to the hospital as quickly as possible.

Within an hour and a half, Robert was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

Tests revealed that Robert had a blood clot that travelled up to his brain and caused his stroke.

A/Prof Tim Kleinig
A/Prof Tim Kleinig has helped revolutionise the treatment of stroke patients through medical research, made possible with your support.

Through medical research, A/Prof Tim Kleinig Head of the RAH Stroke Unit and his team developed a revolutionary clot retrieval procedure that resulted in Robert’s clot being removed.

If Robert was home in Port Pirie, it’s likely that he wouldn’t have received this treatment in time potentially resulting in death or at best being severely disabled.

This is a sad reality for many sufferers of stroke, with more than 475,000 Australians currently living with the affects of stroke.

You can help change this scary statistic and help improve the lives of the Australian families tragically impacted by stroke. Please make a donation today.

Charlie and Grace
Charlie and Grace want to spare more families from the devastation caused by stroke.

At just 53-years-old, Charlie (Carmine) Noto suffered a stroke. A father-of-three with a love for making and fixing things, his life was changed forever.

“Charlie’s stroke happened on a Friday. He was feeling completely fine and got back to his parent’s house nearby after picking up bread from our local bakery for them,” Charlie’s wife Grace explained.

“It happened as he was getting out of his Ute. My Mother-in-law called me and I ran over there – I knew straight away he’d had a stroke as he was mumbling and his whole right side was paralysed.”

“We called the ambulance and they were there in less than 15 minutes, taking us straight to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).”

Upon arrival at the RAH, A/Prof Tim Kleinig, Head of the Stroke Unit, signed Charlie up for a clinical trial and thrombolysis was administered, a treatment to dissolve the blood clot.

Sadly, this trail was unsuccessful in dissolving the clot.

“Charlie doesn’t have any memory of this but I felt very numb and in shock,” Grace said.

“He ended up being in the RAH for a month and was then transferred to St Margaret’s Hospital for a month of rehab and then Hampstead Rehabilitation as an outpatient.

“This was really hard as he just wanted to come home and be with his family.”

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The stroke has resulted in Charlie having limited movement on the right side of his body and his speech has been affected.

Now at home with his family, Charlie still has a number of rehab appointments including physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.

“They expect him to continue to improve but we don’t know how long it will take. It does get hard and it is frustrating, but we’re just doing all we can,” Grace said.

You may have someone close to you that has been impacted by stroke.

Taking Charlie for his regular therapy appointments, Grace has been amazed at how many people are affected by stroke.

“For Charlie it happened in a split second – there were no warning signs.

It can happen at any time and this just means it’s all the more important for the research to be done,” she said.

“We have been blessed that Charlie still continues to improve but I can’t stress how important stroke research is. I have learned that stroke doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone.

“If these wonderful, gifted researchers can find a cure for stroke it would make an amazing difference. We need a cure for stroke,” Grace said.

It is only through your kind gifts that vital medical research can continue.

Associate Professor Tim Kleinig
Associate Professor Tim Kleinig with patient Lynette conducting a neurological test

Will you donate today to ensure researchers like A/Prof Kleinig and his team can continue to improve the odds for all Australian’s through their stroke research?

While stroke patients like Robert are benefitting from advances in medical research, there is still much more to be done.

“Even with these proven therapies like clot retrieval, still 70% of people who have a stroke of this nature end up with a significant disability.”

“So while we can nearly cure the 30% of the people who have a stroke, still 70% of people are still significantly disabled or worse.

“We need to continually improve all of our stroke treatments and stroke rehabilitation to get that number down as low as possible,” A/Prof Kleinig said.

With your support today we can tip the scales and ensure more Australians like Robert and Charlie are protected from this dreadful disease.

will you protect more families from the heartache of stroke?