Fightthestroke.org has been founded by a tech-savvy couple living in Milan, Italy, and since 2011, by their son, Mario.
While their baby initially seemed healthy, when he was just 10 days old, he was diagnosed as having had a perinatal stroke in the right side of his brain. The stroke left him unable to move the left side of his body. The D'Angelos have used mirror neuron rehabilitation to help Mario regain movement.
Today, Mario is 3-years-old and has greatly improved motion.
FightTheStroke.org is now a non-profit aimed to gather and share the experiences of families who've been affected by all types of infant and childhood strokes.
The social movement wants to open up a dialogue about the devastating effects of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric strokes and to advocate for pediatric stroke survivors and their caregivers.
Together, as a family, and thanks to the support of a very proactive community, they're promoting the awareness of this story as motivational speakers at events like TED Global (Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2013), Ciudad de las Ideas (Puebla, Mexico, November 2013), Doctors 2.0 (Paris, France, June 2014).
Fightthestroke founders are on the Board of Directors of the International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke, since October 2013. They've been shortlisted in many contests and became Eisenhower Fellows since April 2014.
Fightthestroke.org believes in the value of video content as a powerful teaching and learning tool, able to influence knowledge, skills, and attitude formation effectively and reach learners with various learning and communication styles: the incorporation of images into the educational process increases learning retention, also according to the mirror neurons applied theory.