Overcoming obstacles

Eden Hill resident Roger Molina prepares for several obstacle courses this year, as his father Rogelio watches on. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413423
Eden Hill resident Roger Molina prepares for several obstacle courses this year, as his father Rogelio watches on. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d413423

The 24-year-old martial artist said his father Rogelio, a former track athlete and basketball player, suffered a stroke in July, just months before his 50th birthday.

It was a tough year for his dad, who had to deal with the loss of his niece and nephew earlier in the year, and Roger is hoping his 2014 challenge will not only benefit his family, but others.

‘Basically 2013 was a tough year for my family and we are just thankful dad is recovering,’ he said.

‘We are doing what we can to make 2014 better.’

Roger has entered into several mud obstacle races including True Grit, the Spartan Race, Tough Mudder and his first event, The Stampede, on May 3 in exchange for donations to the National Stroke Foundation.

Currently training to prepare to climb walls, crawl through mud, beat up Spartans and receive electric shocks, he said it was nothing compared to what stroke survivors and their family had to overcome daily.

‘It was a massive shock to our family and he is still undergoing rehabilitation,’ Roger said.

‘He has no real strength in his arm but he is walking without his stick now and he is continuing with his speech therapy.’

Roger said his father’s experience had taught him that his family were not alone in the struggle and had come to learn many families had also been touched by stroke.

‘Before dad’s stroke I knew the basics about it but didn’t know it was so common in so many families,’ he said. ‘I’ve also learnt that there’s not a lot of government support for the Stroke Foundation so it’s important to do your bit to help.’

The National Stroke Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to educating people about stroke, assisting stroke survivors and funding research.

To donate, visit Roger’s Everyday Hero page https://give.everydayhero. com/au/roger-s-fit-for-dad-year-2014 or follow his progress on Facebook page Unggoy Fitness for Fun.