|By Sean McNeely
It’s not easy to watch someone you love learn to walk and talk all over again.
That’s what Colleen Johnston was forced to do after her younger brother, Kevin Duffy, suffered a major stroke at age 44.
Kevin spent weeks in intensive care, followed by months in rehabilitation. But Colleen believes the real journey to rebuild his life started once he returned home.
Thousands of hours in physiotherapy and speech therapy followed. Though Kevin showed incredible determination, the emotional and psychological effects took their toll on the entire family. Thankfully, Kevin has made enormous progress.
Seeing what her brother went through, Colleen Johnston wanted to help other stroke survivors and their families.
That’s why she and her husband, Brian, created the Kevin Duffy Rehabilitation Scientist Award. Supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Centre for Stroke Recovery, the award funds research into new treatments aimed at helping stroke survivors recover their memories and regain the ability to walk.
The road to rehabilitation is just one piece of the stroke puzzle – and one area where research is making potentially life-changing advances.
Here’s how four scientists are pushing back against stroke from different angles, thanks to support from Heart and Stroke Foundation donors like the Johnstons.