Rob and Joanne Rush from Hanworth want to both raise awareness of stroke in younger people by supporting the Stroke Association in the Resolution Run in March.
Their son Jac, 17, had complained to his father and mother of a painful headache in December. The next day when they went to check on how he was, they found Jac floppy and unconscious in bed.
The emergency services thought that Jac had had a fit at first, but then when the Paramedics arrived, they immediately realised Jac had had a stroke.
Jac was taken to Charing Cross Hospital, where doctors removed part of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain.
Jac’s mum Joanne, explains, “It was the most terrifying moment you can imagine as a parent. Jac has always been an active, healthy and happy lad – it wasn’t like him to be unwell.”
Jac, who played in the academy team at AFC Hayes and was set to play for the first 11, is still in hospital. He can walk only a few steps and his speech is very limited.
Joanne adds, “It’s sad to think that Jac may never play football again after falling ill two months ago. His dream has always been to join a professional team before his stroke – it’s been a heart-breaking time for the whole family.”
Rob and Joanne Rush now want to raise awareness of stroke in younger people. Rob explains, “Words can’t explain how devastating the stroke has been for Jac and our family – he lived for football. I think that’s really important that people realise strokes don’t affect just older people – they affect young people too.”
We have slept there every night on the floor on a airbed,
We would like put smile on Jac face we are trying raise money for him like funding day or a star to come in to see him.
Jac is an amazing 17 year old boy from Hanworth, Middlesex who up until last year was heading for a great career in professional football but sadly on the 7th December 2014 after playing a game of football, he suffered a massive stroke & required lifesaving brain surgery to remove half of his skull which enabled his brain to swell safely.
Although he is doing well, he can now walk aided & speak single words he still has no movement in his right arm & lower right leg, he now requires care 24hrs a day. He is always smiling & such an inspiration to us all, at present he is waiting for the operation to replace his skull with a titanium plate.
We have had a great response publicity wise in trying to raise awareness & support for young stroke victims & are now desperately trying to raise much needed funds to assist with Jac's on going re-habilitation & also help other stroke victims by raising money for the stroke Association.
At the moment we are in the process of organizing a charity christmas party event on the 5th December where all proceeds from the event will be going to our cause
As our project can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community like yourselves we would be so grateful if you are able to contribute in any way to help us raise much need funds.