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Meredith Lade and Ariana Delawari
Family & Carers

Meredith Lade and Ariana Delawari

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Leanne Hall
Family & Carers

Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall cares for two complex needs children and has struggled for years to organise support from the NDIS for her son, Ollie. Rachael Kernick of Synapse became part of 'Team Ollie', and has contributed to life-changing funding for the family. 

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Sarah Rasborsek
People with Brain Injury

Sarah Rasborsek

Sarah had just crossed the finish line of a triathlon on the Gold Coast when her brain "shut down". It took her over two years to discover what had happened: a virus aggressively inflamed her central nervous system.

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damien mowle
People with Brain Injury

Damien Mowle

Damien's story highlights the importance of a solid support network to motivate you through your rehabilitation and recovery.

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mother and daughter standing underneath tree
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Kate's story

Kate has experienced two episodes of Acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy (ANE) - an extremely rare and often fatal disease.

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Shelby Ouston
People with Brain Injury

Shelby Ouston

In November 2017, Shelby had just finished a two week tour around Australia with her band The Beautiful Monument, when she was admitted into The Austin Hospital in Melbourne with an unknown illness.

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Caitlin Kelly
People with Brain Injury

Caitlin Kelly

At just 22 years of age, a blood clot in Caitlin's brain caused her to collapse at home. After intensive rehabilitation, Catilin is taking a positive outlook on recovery.

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Tim Cudmore
People with Brain Injury

Tim Cudmore

As a child in 1998, Tim was in an accident that caused traumatic brain injury. His long journey of recovery and discovery has lead him to focus his energy on others.

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Les Clarence
Family & Carers

Les Clarence

In 2011, Les Clarence’ fit and healthy 55-year-old wife Franziska suffered a stroke in her sleep.

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Fiona
People with Brain Injury

Fiona’s story

Fiona is one of the tenants at the Synapse Cairns Community Living. Before coming to the Synapse Cairns Community Living, Fiona was living in hospital in Townsville.

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Portrait of Julie Clark
People with Brain Injury

Julie Clark

In February 1993, Julie was working as a flight attendant when she began experiencing persistent headaches.

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David Trahair
People with Brain Injury

David Trahair

David Trahair has an acquired brain injury as a result of a fall at home.  David and his wife Nicki hold the Beans 4 Brains Fun Run annually. 

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David FitzGerald
People with Brain Injury

David FitzGerald

When David was 11 years old, he acquired a brain injury through a horse riding accident.

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Nick Lonie looking to the right
People with Brain Injury

Nick Lonie

Nick Lonie is the former Chairman of Headwest. His brain injury occurred after he fell from the back of a moving ute.  

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Julian Saavedra
People with Brain Injury

Julian Saavedra

Synapse employee Julian Saavedra’s involvement with Synapse began as a volunteer during his recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury. 

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