Brian Hope, 46, from Chelmsford, is taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon for the Stroke Association on Sunday 22 April 2018.
Brian, a father one, had a stroke in 2007 whilst getting ready for work.
Brian said: “It was the strangest sensation. I knew something wasn’t right, but couldn’t work out what it was. I started to lose my balance and then once I managed to pick up my phone to call my sister, I released my speech was starting to slur. Thankfully my sister was close by, so she quickly came to my house and called 999.”
Brian’s stroke was caused by a trapdoor-like flap in his heart (known as a patent foramen ovale or PFO), that can cause blood clotsthat lead to stroke.
Brian added: “My recovery took around six weeks, and I’m truly thankful for the support from everyone around me. I count myself very lucky. Three years ago I became a dad, and now everything I do is for my son. I want to show him that no matter what knocks you down in life, you can come back stronger. I’m now fitter than I ever was before my stroke and the marathon has helped keep me focused. After my stroke I found the love of my life, my wife, who is my absolute rock. Even when things go wrong, there’s always light is always at the end of the tunnel.
“I feel it is time to give something back and help raise money and awareness for the Stroke Association. I hope the money raised will help other stroke survivors make the best recovery possible like I did.”
Emma Evans, Events Manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Around 1.2 million people in the UK are living with the devastating impact of stroke. We’re thrilled Brian is taking on this challenge to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association and we’re looking forward to cheering him on as he makes his way through London.
“A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down. With the support of people like Brian we can help more stroke survivors and their families rebuild their lives.”
To sponsor Brian, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brian-hope