• You’d think a stroke would put you on the sidelines. But not Amber Poliquin.


    Just over three years post-stroke, Amber planned to run a 120 mile ultramarathon with the goal of raising $1,000 for every mile run. And she needs your help to do it.


    Although the race is postponed for 2020 due to COVID-19, you can still support this important initiative by making a donation.

    RACE DATE: Postponed due to COVID-19

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    Strides for Stroke is a community based initiative to raise $120,000 in support of research to develop a rapid blood test for stroke.


    Strides for Stroke was initiated in 2018 by stroke survivor, Amber Poliquin in partnership with the University Hospital Foundation. In 2017, Amber was a 39 year old ultra-runner, teacher, and mother of three when she suffered a stroke, and lost her left peripheral vision. Determined to help other stroke patients avoid disability and death, Amber pledged to raise $1,000 per mile of the 120 mile Fat Dog Ultra race.


    To date, Strides for Stroke has raised over $17,000 to support stroke research. Dr. Glen Jickling, a neurologist at the University of Alberta Hospital, is developing a blood test that can determine in minutes if a person is having a stroke. This test could be a game changing diagnostic tool allowing for accurate and rapid diagnosis, and lifesaving treatment.


    In 2019 Strides for Stroke organized six initiatives around the revised acronym for stroke, BEFAST - Balance, Eyes, Face, Arms, Speech, Time to call. The goal is to bring awareness to BEFAST and raise the remaining $103,000 to support Dr. Jickling’s game changing research.


    With your support, and this incredible goal of mine to run 120 miles, we could save and change millions of lives.


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