Father’s stroke spurred fundraising effort

Sisters-in-law Daniela Mastrocola and Belinda Cipriano.
Sisters-in-law Daniela Mastrocola and Belinda Cipriano.

TUART Hill resident Belinda Cipriano realised the toll of her father’s stroke when simple daily tasks became a struggle for him.

Ms Cipriano and her sister-in-law Daniela Mastrocola decided they needed to do something to stop stroke devastating other families and recently raised $2500 for the cause.

The pair are finalists in the 2015 Stroke Awards Fundraiser of the Year, which recognises individuals who have gone above and beyond in fundraising for the National Stroke Foundation.

Ms Cipriano said her father Frank was only in his 60s when he suffered a debilitating stroke.

“It’s heartbreaking to see someone who was so full of life left helpless,” Ms Cipriano said.

“Stroke affects everyone, not only for the person who has had one but also those around them.”

Ms Cipriano said she and her sister-in-law Daniela were honoured to be named as finalists.

“My dad is our main motivation,” she said.

“His zest to get better during his rehab is really what drove us to raise awareness of stroke.

“He’s our inspiration and is why we will continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause.”

National Stroke Foundation Western Australian Executive Officer Jonine Collins congratulated Belinda and Daniela.

“Belinda and Daniela are an inspiration,” Ms Collins said.

“Their fundraising will help us continue to support stroke survivors across Western Australia.

In addition to hosting a luncheon Belinda also took part in Stride4stroke, raising an additional $2500 for the cause.

For more information visit Stroke Foundation.