Stroke is a very relevant health issue for us as 1 in 6 people will suffer from a stroke in their lifetime. Yet despite its prevalence, stroke is a health issue of low priority for government.
The Stroke Foundation is attempting to address this imbalance by offering funding to scientists who seek to undertake research into stroke and its complications.
This year, the Stroke Foundation awarded Mardee Greenham with a $20,000 grant supporting her research into social competence and adjustment in children following early childhood stroke.
Childhood stroke is a leading cause of death in children, more common than childhood brain cancer. It adversely affects developing brain networks, placing children at greater risk of impaired physiological and social skills. In turn, this can result in increased risk of mental illness and potential long-term problems with anti-social behaviour.
Mardee’s research is aimed at improving quality of life for survivors by investigating the impact of stroke in children and identifying the factors that contribute to their social impairment. Her findings will provide important information to health workers, and to families who deal with the ongoing difficulties experienced by children following childhood stroke, like Adam’s family.
Adam hadn’t even been born when he suffered a severe stroke. His parents, Darren and Sally, knew something was very wrong with their baby from the start. Because childhood stroke is so poorly understood, they had to fight for months to get Adam the care he needed.
When discussing the benefits of her research, Mardee says “The impact of childhood stroke can have lifelong implications. By funding research into the condition we have an opportunity to provide important information to healthcare professionals, families and children to improve the quality of life for those who experience long-term effects”.
The Stroke Foundation continues to fund life changing research programs and we thank all of the donors who have contributed to this. Rest assured your donations are making a positive impact on the lives of families like Adam’s.