THE husband of a Parkrun pioneer laid low by a stroke says he has been stunned by the outpouring of support after he appealed for help in “supercharging” her recovery.
Adam Green launched an online appeal for funds to support the rehabilitation of his wife Kate (pictured with son Stanley) — the founder and race director of Rotherham’s weekly 5km public running event — after she suffered a rare brain bleed.
Within two days, more than £25,000 had been pledged, and by this morning, the £30,000 target Adam set had been passed.
“We only expected a couple of hundred but it just continues to go up and up,” he said.
“It’s a testimony to the kind of person Kate is.
“The Parkrun community have come together and there have been donations from people we’ve never even met. There’s been such an outpouring it’s just remarkable.”
Adam, who described 42-year-old Kate as “the most determined and selfless person I know”, said she had faced “the fight of her life” in December after she suffered an acute pontine stroke — a very rare brain bleed so serious it usually results in death — in front of him and the couple’s seven-year old son, Stanley.
“While I was on the phone to the ambulance, Kate was just locked-in, foaming at the mouth and murmuring,” said Adam. “Her eyes were open but there was nothing there.”
Kate was taken from the family’s Moorgate home to nearby Rotherham Hospital and placed into an induced coma.
Adam said: “We called for family as doctors thought she wouldn’t make it through the night.
“Thankfully she lived to fight another day, but the consultant warned he’d never seen anyone survive this type of stroke.
“A week later, Kate opened her eyes for the first time. Still totally paralysed, suffering from ‘locked-in syndrome’, she could only tell Stan she loved him by lifting her eyes three times.
“At this point, I was asked by the consultant to accept the likelihood of death or severe disability. The outlook was bleak.”
Adam said it had been a “total shock” to learn Kate had suffered a stroke, adding: “It felt like being in a dream.”
But Adam said that “little miracles” had begun to happen as Kate — powered by a Rocky montage playlist put together by friends — started to make gradual improvements.
She began by opening her eyes and eventually regaining feeling, movement and the power of speech.
Adam said one moving moment had come when the couple were using a special communication board to spell out words and Kate had spelled “Stanley”, “Adam” and “love”.
He added: “That broke me. It was a beautiful moment. It was that point when I realised her brain was there and that’s the best thing about her.
“Stan has been going hospital to see Kate and playing thumb wars together. It was great when she finally beat him because it shows she’s getting stronger.
“She will be able to walk again and her brain is fully functioning.”
Adam said it was still unknown why Kate, a former gym instructor with a passion for fitness, had suffered the stroke.
On his appeal page, which he launched on Sunday, Adam highlighted how Kate had founded the Rotherham Parkrun in 2013 and continued as director, as well as working as a public health specialist for 20 years.
“She has spent her adult life supporting the Rotherham community to get active,” he said.
“I am asking for the community to help supercharge Kate’s recovery.”
Adam said any funds raised would help fund rehab and any alterations needed to the family home, with any surplus going to the NHS.
He said the last three months had been bleak at times but the future was now much brighter, adding: “Kate is setting goals and one of them is to do the Rotherham Parkrun.”
Visit tinyurl.com/KateGreenfundraiser to make a donation to the appeal page.