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Support stroke patients on the El Camino trek in May 2018

Support stroke patients on the El Camino trek in May 2018

Stroke is one of Australia’s leading causes of death and disability. It takes the lives of more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.

This year alone, it’s estimated one person will suffer a stroke every 10 minutes, affecting more than 55 000 Australians. But there’s something you can do to help change these statistics.

By fundraising for Mater Foundation on the Steps for Stroke: El Camino 2018 trek, you'll be helping the team at Mater Research investigate how to help stroke patients recover from memory loss, poor concentration and motivation after stroke, which would greatly improve their quality of life.

Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris said Steps for Stroke was Mater Foundation’s  7th Adventure Trek and the Spanish destination was sure to be on many people’s bucket lists. 

“You’ll be part of a guided trek with other fundraisers, exploring Spain’s culture, cuisine and amazing natural beauty,” he said.

“Not only is this adventure a once-in-a-lifetime experience never to be forgotten, you will also be raising much-needed funds for research into stroke at Mater.

“Mater’s dedicated Stroke Unit provides patients with specialised multi-disciplinary care, backed by important research, however there is more to be done to improve the devastating impacts of stroke,” he said.

The nine-day trek starts in Madrid—Spain’s capital city—before travelling beyond city limits to embark on the Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s great walks.

The team will trek under broom, heather and oak trees; past historic enclaves, cathedrals, and Gaudi’s most impressive architecture; with the backdrop of the rolling countryside a constant companion.

For more information about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, click here or email Paul Reis at Mater Foundation, paul.reis@mater.org.au.

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