Bradford man Stefan Dubej in 2,013-mile challenge to support stroke victim (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford man Stefan Dubej in 2,013-mile challenge to support stroke victim
6:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
This will be a year to remember for Stefan Dubej, who pledged to cover 2,013 miles on foot and bike in 2013 for a friend whose life was devastated by a stroke.
The windscreen fitter, of Horton Bank Top, Bradford, has only 400 miles left to run and cycle to raise more funds for the woman, who has three young boys, but now needs 24-hour a day care in a nursing home in Cottingley, Bingley.
The pair got to know each other when they attended the former Buttershaw Upper School, but lost touch when Mr Dubej, now 41, left Bradford to go to Australia.
He said: “When I came back, through the wonders of Facebook we found each other again and stayed in touch this time.
“I’d fallen off my bike and broken my ankle and she was off work sick with a suspected inner-ear infection affecting her balance so we had plenty of time to chat. She went back to work, but got sent home and had a minor stroke. It was when she was in hospital that she suffered another one, but it was massive this time. It happened two years ago when she was only 39.”
The woman’s family has requested that she is not identified, but to help raise money to cover her basic needs such as clothing and upkeep at the nursing home, Mr Dubej took on the 2013 challenge.
Last year he made £500 for the Stroke Association by doing a triathlon.
“Whenever I go to visit her she gives me such inspiration,” he said. “She can understand everything that goes on, can see and can move her arms, but that is it for now. The stroke has completely devastated my friend and her family. They need as much help as they can get.”
To support Mr Dubej’s 2013 challenge visit Facebook and go to Twentythirteen in 2013 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.