The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Award winner Cheyenne McLaughlin, 14, from Isleworth, Middlesex, spent an afternoon in Covent Garden’s Pineapple Dance Studios, on Wednesday 10 September.
Cheyenne won the Carer’s Award at the Stroke Associations Life After Stroke Awards in June 2014. Caitlin had a stroke when she was still in the womb, when Cheyenne was eight years old. Ever since, Cheyenne has been on hand to help her mum with every aspect of Caitlin’s care, from feeding and changing her to sharing a bed with her, so she will be the first to know is she has a seizure in her sleep.
Debbie Moore OBE, founder of Pineapple Dance Studios, met Cheyenne and Caitlin at the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards ceremony. Cheyenne’s dedication to Caitlin inspired Debbie to invite Cheyenne and her family to Pineapple Studios. Cheyenne and her little sister Caitlin, 6, were treated to a tour , and Cheyenne was presented with a year’s membership at Pineapple Dance Studios.
Debbie Moore OBE, founder of Pineapple Dance Studios, said: “I met Cheyenne right at the start of the Life After Stroke Awards, before I knew she’d won an award. I was so inspired her tireless efforts to conquer stroke; I just had to invite her to visit us at Pineapple Studios. I really wanted to do something special for her, because she does something special every day by caring for Caitlin.”
As part of the tour, Cheyenne learnt and performed a dance routine under the watchful eye of Debbie, who was impressed with how quickly she picked up the steps.
Cheyenne said: “It was a really fun day, and I’m so happy that I got to have a tour round the studios. I’m really looking forward to coming back to do a class – I love dancing, so it’s been an amazing experience to come to Pineapple Dace Studios. Caitlin really enjoyed herself too.”
Tony Banks, Senior PR Events Officer, said ‘The Life After Stroke Awards are a great way for us to celebrate stroke survivors, their families and carers. The awards are about the different ways people conquer stroke, so I’m thrilled that both Cheyenne and Caitlin came along to Pineapple Dance Studios today.”
For more information about the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards, please visit www.stroke.org.uk/LASA
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. There are around 152,000 strokes in the UK every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability. There are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk