Andrew Defies Odds And Marks Major Milestone

Stroke Foundation

One year ago, Andrew Marks didn’t think he would be walking, let alone completing the equivalent of almost two marathons.

“I was in emergency with a specialist telling me I won’t be able to walk again.”

On May 20 last year, the 64-year-old had a stroke at his Mandurang South home. He was taken to hospital and underwent four months of rehabilitation where he defied the odds and learnt to walk again.

Now, one year later, Andrew has reached a major milestone on the anniversary week of his stroke.

He has walked the Coliban Water Channel, clocking up 80 kilometres in three weeks as part of Stroke Foundation’s 76km in May challenge.

“It’s a big commitment and the fact that I’ve managed to get so many kilometres in a short amount of time is great. I’m happy I’m able to do that and it is also helping with my recovery big time.”

The 76km in May challenge helps support the 76 Australians who will experience their first stroke today, and every day. It also encourages Aussies to get active and reduce their risk of stroke.

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lisa Murphy, thanked Andrew for helping educate more people about stroke and its risk factors.

“What Andrew has achieved after being told he would not be able to walk is remarkable. It takes great dedication and commitment to take on such a challenge and we appreciate his efforts in raising money and awareness along the way,” Dr Murphy said. 

More than 500 Australians are tying up their laces for 76km in May which has already raised $83,000.

“Every dollar raised helps us get one step closer to preventing more strokes, saving lives and enhancing recovery for more Australians,” Dr Murphy said. 

While Andrew has completed his challenge, he says the experience served as motivation for his own recovery and has words of encouragement to share with other survivors of stroke.

“Keep going with your rehabilitation program and don’t give up.”

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