Extraordinary fundraising efforts by local recognised

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INSPIRATIONAL Glenorchy stroke survivor Matt Picone, pictured,  has been recognised for his extraordinary fundraising efforts in the 2020 Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards.

The 39-year-old father was announced as the Fundraiser of the Year after conquering the Point to Pinnacle half marathon just months after a stroke and raising more than $24,000.

Mr Picone suffered a stroke in 2019, and while in hospital, unable to stand or walk without help, he decided to enter the Point to Pinnacle – a 21.1-kilometre track from Wrest Point Casino to the summit of Mount Wellington that is known as the world’s toughest half marathon.

“My rehabilitation team emphasised the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle after my stroke and that got my mind ticking,” Mr Picone said.

“I knew racing it [Point to Pinnacle] wouldn’t be an option, so I emailed Tim and Kim and they agreed I could stage my entry over multiple days.

“I was determined that even if it meant 21 one-kilometre walks, I’d get there.

“The Point to Pinnacle organisers were so accommodating, allowing me to tailor the entry to my abilities.

“That allowed me to improve my stamina without fearing whether I’d be fit enough to participate.”

Mr Picone said he was thankful for the support from the Stroke Foundation.

“I’m well aware my treatment hasn’t come cheaply, stays in two hospitals and flights by air ambulance to Melbourne and back as well as the ongoing therapies, scans and specialist consultations quickly add up,” he said.

“Throughout my hospitalisation and rehabilitation, I could see resources provided by the Stroke Foundation.

“These provisions, combined with their commitment to research and prevention, made them an easy choice as a means to channel something back.”

Mr Picone said it was an honour to be awarded with the Fundraiser of the Year award.

“I am proud the funds I raised are making a difference to the lives of other people and families impacted by stroke,” he said.

The Stroke Foundation Stroke Awards recognise the unsung heroes of stroke – the survivors, carers, volunteers, health professionals and researchers who continually go above and beyond to make a difference to help people with stroke and their families live well.

“Matt is a remarkable man,” Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan said.

“His determination to fulfil such a challenging recovery goal and raise such a large amount of money to help fellow stroke survivors is to be commended.

“I thank Matt and all of the other nominees and winners for their incredible dedication and contribution to the Stroke Foundation’s mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery.”

Stroke Foundation Tasmania state manager Eamonn O’Toole applauded Matt for his incredible effort.

“Individuals like Matt go above and beyond to improve the state of stroke in Australia,” he said.

“Every Stroke Awards finalist has a unique story to share – whether that is overcoming adversity, inventing creative ways to raise vital funds or awareness of stroke or advocating for improvement in stroke services at a state or national level.

“The awards are our way of saying thank you.”

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