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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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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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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Meredith Lade and Ariana Delawari
Family & Carers

Meredith Lade and Ariana Delawari

Meredith’s daughter Ari was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 17. Meredith shares her experience as a carer, the impact of brain injury on her own life, and how she takes care of her own wellbeing.

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Phil and Abbie
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Phil and Abbie

Phil and Abbie have been married for 35 years, navigating the highs and lows of family life with a brain injury.

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Marie Carroll
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Marie and Jordan Carroll

Marie Carroll’s son, Jordan, was just 11 years old when he suffered a brain bleed, causing a stroke. 

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Narelle Hawkins
Family & Carers

Narelle Hawkins

For Narelle Hawkins, the lack of understanding and empathy for brain injury isn’t just frustrating, it’s devastating – leaving her son Todd isolated and in despair.  

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Cheryl Dedman
Family & Carers People with Brain Injury

Cheryl Dedman

Cheryl Dedman knows more about brain injury than most, having experienced it both personally, and as the adoptive parent of a teenager diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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Kathy Rees
Family & Carers

Kathy Rees

Kathy Rees and her daughter Belinda “B” Buckler were in a freak car accident in a flooded causeway in 1983 that left B with an Acquired Brain Injury.

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