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Striding on after stroke

STRIDING AHEAD: Leisa Peterson is making strides for stroke and hopes to make it an annual event.
STRIDING AHEAD: Leisa Peterson is making strides for stroke and hopes to make it an annual event. Katherine Morris

THREE years ago at the age of 43, Leisa Peterson had an intense migraine.

This migraine turned out to be a occipital stroke.

The stroke affected her vision and short term memory, caused a weakness in her hand and left her fatigued.

"It was different to what you would normally see as a stroke with face dropping and slurred speech, it was not the classic signs of a stroke,” she said.

Ms Peterson is taking part in Stride for Stroke, an initiative to raise money for the Stroke Foundation.

She is aiming to walk 200km in the month of November for the cause.

"I want to give back a little bit and bring awareness. It doesn't matter what age you are it happens to baby in the womb, kids and adults, not only the elderly,” Ms Peterson said.

"I've had to learn to do things a little bit differently, but I've still been able to maintain a full life and get back to doing things I love to do.

"I've found walking a great stress relief and I thought I may as well do it for a good cause.”

Ms Peterson is organising a community walk in Murgon on Saturday, November 25.

Entry is by a gold coin donation and there will be prizes from local businesses.

The walk starts at 8am on the rail trail near the Men's Shed.

"Walking to the creek and doing about a 8km round trip, everyone is welcome to come along and walk or ride, we've got the beautiful part of the rail trail, it follows the creek along and it's really peaceful,” she said.

There will be lunch afterwards at the Men's Shed.

All the money raised at the event will go to the Stroke Foundation.

For more information about the walk phone 41683667.

Visit Ms Peterson's fundraising page at stridesforstroke.org.au and search for Leisa Peterson.

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