Stroke survivor bikes the length of NZ!

Stroke Survivor Biking the Length of NZ

Stroke survivor Julie Milne was told by doctors she’d spend her life in an institution, after two debilitating strokes at the age of just six.

Now the Kiwi battler is riding the length of New Zealand to prove there is life after stroke, and to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation.

Julie’s parents were told she wouldn’t be able to hold down a job, get married or have children.

Her parents ignored those pessimists and Julie has confounded the so-called experts who couldn’t see what she was capable of achieving. 

Despite discrimination and challenges she’s now married with two children, has a Masters in Information and Library Studies and is a Specialist Mental Health Librarian for the Canterbury District Health Board.

And now she’s cycling from Bluff to Cape Reinga promoting the inspiring message that there is life after stroke.

It’s a journey that would be daunting for anyone, let alone a 60-year-old with limited movement in the right-hand side of their body. But over the last few months Julie has been determinedly riding hundreds of kilometres every week to prepare for the challenge.

Julie says with support, stroke survivors and their families can enjoy full lives with success and purpose.  Along the way Julie will raise funds to support the work of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand in enhancing the lives of thousands of New Zealanders affected by stroke.

Julie would love to talk about her life experience, be photographed or videoed.

Supporters can donate to Julie on her Everyday Hero fundraising page. Go to: give.everydayhero.com/nz/tour-de-stroke).

To find out more about the important work the Stroke Foundation does in preventing strokes and improving outcomes for stroke survivors go to www.stroke.org.nz.