Community & Business

16 May, 2024

Nicola vies for global award

NICOLA Baker of Moyamoya Australia has been selected as a finalist for the 2024 Women Changing the World Awards.

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The Women Changing the World Awards, which are presented by Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Dr Tererai Trent, celebrates and recognises women achieving outstanding success in areas such as sustainability, humanitarian work, leadership, advocacy, tech, product development, education, health and innovation. 

The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who are leading the way in making the world a better place for us all and inspire other women to answer the call to action.

Her dedication to stroke awareness has also been recognised at the Beam Awards, which she is a finalist for.

Nicola’s journey was inspired by the diagnosis and treatment of her son, Jed, who had his first stroke at just 11 months old, was diagnosed some years later with the rare and progressive Moyamoya Disease, and subsequently has survived three brain surgeries and a renal artery bypass. 

He is now 19 years old, and whilst he will never be able to live independently, he is living his best life, and now is the time for me to help others in our situation.

“This work is so important because so many of our Moyamoya warriors feel alone,” Nicola said. 

“We don’t know why Jed has Moyamoya Disease, so we are working hard to find that key, and we also strive to support our families through their own journey with this rare disease.  We are the only charity in Australia who provides this level of support specifically for Moyamoya disease.

Nicola is proud of her achievements, in the last 12 months she has won a number of awards highlighting the name Moyamoya. 

The winners of the 2024 Women Changing the World Awards will be announced at the Women Changing the World Global Summit and Awards in London, United Kingdom on 25 May.


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