Rio Dedication for Brain Aneurysm Awareness Crusade

TWO campaigners have had their Health Awareness Crusade backed by Paralympian Gold Medalist, Megan Giglia in Rio!

One of Team GB’s Gold Medalists at the Rio Paralympics is dedicating each of her Paralympics rides to individuals and their families who are currently dealing with the after effects of stroke.

Megan Giglia, who won Britain’s first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics, suffered a stroke and brain haemorrhage aged 27, due to a ruptured Brain Aneurysm.

Now Megan is flying the flag, not only for Team GB, but also for other Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Patients and their families.

On Thursday Megan dedicated her Gold Medal Victory to 10 year old Alasdair Rowan, who was diagnosed with a Brain Aneurysm/AVM.

Today Megan’s ride was dedicated to Michelle Williams and Lisa Slaymaker who have been campaigning to raise more awareness of Brain Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Haemorrhage, a less common, but often more deadly form of stroke.

Writing on her instagram page before the race, Megan said: “Tomorrow is the 500mm Time Trial Final.  It is a fast race which is over in a flash.  In that short space of time every moment counts, it can be won or lost in the blink of an eye. To me such a race symbolises how lives can be lost and changed in seconds.”

Megan continued: “I am dedicating this race to two amazing women that are on a crusade of their very own to raise more awareness about Brain Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Haemorrhages. Lisa Slaymaker and Michelle Williams (soul sisters) this one’s for you.”

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Michelle and Lisa met after Michelle’s story was published on her experience of suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm in January 2016, which led to the 47-year-old requiring life-saving Brain Surgery.
Lisa’s mother passed away suddenly in 2012 after suffering from the same condition and she contacted Michelle to praise her fighting spirit.
Since meeting just 6 months ago, the pair have become firm friends and have been working together to help raise more awareness of this life threatening neurological condition.
During Megan’s post-race TV Interview, she said; “Lisa and Michelle have both suffered at the heart of Stroke and Brain Aneurysms (a bleed on the brain) as well as members of their family and they are doing their own challenge in trying to raise more awareness, so in my eyes they deserve as much as anyone to be out here and be dedicated to.”

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