World Stroke Day and The Courageous 13 Campaign

Posted on: Friday 12/10/2012

From left: Mak Tuck Whye, Neil Rode, Wong Man Huat.

On the 29th October 2012, people throughout the world will commemorate World Stroke Day.

Closer to home, 2012 will also mark the National Stroke Association of Malaysia's (NASAM) participation in the international World Stroke Day on a greater scale, much more than we've ever done in previous years. World Stroke Day provides NASAM with an excellent opportunity to increase public awareness of stroke and the availability of prevention measures, treatment and short and long-term care and support for stroke survivors. NASAM joins our international counterparts and friends on this day in the worldwide fight against stroke.

To this end, NASAM will be holding a walkathon themed ‘Walk For Health' to celebrate World Stroke Day 2012. It is in this spirit of togetherness and oneness that our nationwide centres across Malaysia will hold simultaneous walks on this day, in celebrating and honouring stroke survivors, caregivers and their families on World Stroke Day.

From left: Chin Kew, Richard Yeong Kum Fatt, Albert Anthony.

Thirteen (13) stroke survivors from NASAM PJ have undertaken to complete 2.5km at this walk, to be held at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa on Sunday, 28th October 2012.

It is not easy for a stroke survivor to regain physical mobility after a stroke and the journey of recovery takes much courage and tenacity. Hee Gan Nam, Poh Hock Leong, Wong Man Huat, Richard Yeong Kum Fatt, Neil Rode, Wong Yuen Wah, William Tew Meng Yau, Mak Tuck Whye, Albert Anthony, Khalil Ibrahim, Lee Wai Wai, Suboth Kumar and Chin Kew are certainly familiar with courage. These are our courageous 13. They have braved the odds to arrive at where they are now in their journey of recovery.

Through this campaign, these 13 stroke survivors are determined to raise awareness regarding the risk of stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in most countries, and is one of the leading causes of long-term disability. It is a disease that attacks 15 million people worldwide every year and claims a life every six seconds.

As part of the campaign, people are asked to commit to six stroke challenges.

     1.     Know your personal risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol.

     2.     Be physically active and exercise regularly.

     3.     Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet.

     4.     Limit alcohol consumption.

     5.     Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.

     6.     Learn to recognise the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action.

Do not take chances. One in six people is at risk for stroke – it could be you.

Learn the facts. Save a life today. Act Now!

From left: Khalil Ibrahim, Suboth Kumar, Hee Gan Nam and Wife.

In this walk, a few of the stroke survivors will be completing the 2.5km partly in their wheelchairs whilst the rest will bravely walk through the entire 2.5km stretch, albeit slowly. All of them are training hard for this walkathon with the hope that many reading this will respond enthusiastically to their fundraising campaign.

Collectively, they aim to raise RM1,500 by enlisting 50 participants to walk alongside with them on that day. For every donation of RM30, you will get to opportunity to participate in the walkathon and be part of the 50! Alternatively, you may donate less than RM30 and your donations will also support their aim of raising a minimum of RM1,500.

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