Dan's Olympic challenge for his mum

Published 5:00am 14 November 2023

Dan's Olympic challenge for his mum
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured: Dan Pezet, centre, ticking off the kilometres with friends during his November triathlon challenge.

A Dakabin man is aiming to complete 10 Olympic-distance triathlons this month in honour of his mum, who had a stroke in 2021.

Dan Pezet is taking on the epic challenge for Jenny and the other members of his family who have been impacted by stroke.

Through his efforts, Dan hopes to raise $5000 and help prevent stroke, fund research and support survivors and families at all stages of the recovery.

“I have seen first-hand how devastating stroke can be,” Dan said. “Mum requires full time care and dad is her primary carer, along with a team of support workers.

“The stroke not only physically impacted mum’s life, but it also took a toll mentally.

“Like everyone, she has good days and bad days. Fortunately, she is having more good than bad.

“Since mum’s stroke, I’ve learnt one of the things you can do to reduce your risk of stroke is to stay active.

“That’s why I’ll be completing the equivalent of 10 triathlons throughout November.”

To achieve the goal, Dan will tackle each discipline one day at a time, cycling 40km, running 10km and swimming 1500m.

He’s completing the challenge as part of Stroke Foundation’s major annual physical fundraiser, Stride4Stroke.

Dan Pezet with his parents, mum Jenny and dad Ken.

Participants are encouraged to set an activity goal to increase their daily ‘moving minutes’.

They can choose any activity to complete within the month – from walking, running, swimming, cycling or a goal in stroke rehabilitation.

“Mum has told me she is so proud of what I’m doing,” he said. “The biggest personal lesson I have learned is, life is short. It can change so drastically, and so suddenly.

“After mum’s stroke my outlook on life completely shifted, I began focusing on what was truly important to me, like my family and my own health and wellbeing.”

Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Lisa Murphy urged all Australians to make their moved count this November.

“We know 80 per cent of strokes are preventable and taking steps to adopt a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk,” Dr Murphy said.

Stride4Stroke is a great starting point to make the changes that can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes which are all modifiable risk factors of stroke.”

Dan is hoping to raise $5000 through his efforts which will help prevent stroke, fund research and support survivors and other families at all stages of the recovery journey.

To find out more and support Dan click here.

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