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Rolf Zartner

Grab even the slightest chance

Fundraising for Headway - the brain injury association
raised of £5,000 target
by 172 supporters
Event: London Marathon 2024, on 21 April 2024
Join Team Headway in the London Marathon 2024 and help to improve life after brain injury.


In March 2020, I suffered 4 strokes, a bad episode of sepsis and one cardiac arrest, age of 46.

After 8 weeks in intensive care I was told that I might never return to work and possibly remain a life long nurse case. 

During the two brain surgeries the surgeon had to make a split decision to either paralyse me or take some of my memory skills away. He went for the latter. 

A thousand times I asked myself ‘why me’ I concluded that life sometimes just goes this way and decided not to waste longer my energy on this question . 

I noticed that feeling came back on my left paralysed side and I became obsessed with moving hand & shoulder bit by bit. I refused help to walk ( like wheelchair and crutches) . I wanted to do it myself. I worked a whole week under tremendous pain and then one morning . I stand up and walked slowly with support . 

Since then a 40 months gruelling daily rehabilitation regime started and 11 months later I returned to work and exactly one year after my accident I ran a half marathon  ( and 11 since). 

Many brain injury victims have no education or financial resource to fund therapies. I was in a great spot . Raising  money for Headway is very close to my heart and hopefully supports  others.

I want to raise awareness that as long as there is a tiny improvement it is worth fighting for it. Consistency pays off. I am a living proof and will now run the London Marathon in April 2024. Don't give up and keep going my friends.

About the campaign

Join Team Headway in the London Marathon 2024 and help to improve life after brain injury.

About the charity

EVERY 90 SECONDS someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury (ABI). There are many possible causes, such as a fall, a road traffic accident, an assault, a tumour or a stroke. A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. When it does, we're here to help

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