A HOVE Edge man is running the Great North Run in support of his sister’s partner who has been waiting for a heart transplant for over a year.
Calvin Lee, a 23-year-old haulage route planner, is raising money for the Cardiomyopathy Association, a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy. The disease is one of the main reasons people need heart transplants.
His sister’s partner, 44-year-old Darren Gibson also from Brighouse, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2004. The condition causes the heart to enlarge and pump less efficiently. In many patients the disease can be successfully treated with drugs and pacemakers, but in some the condition can worsen leaving a heart transplant as the best option. Darren has been waiting for his transplant for over a year.
The run is on Sunday, September 16 in Newcastle. Calvin, who is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity, said: “We are hoping Darren gets his transplant soon and we are all crossing our fingers and hoping it goes well.”
A keen footballer, Calvin has played for Brighouse Juniors, Huddersfield Town’s youth squad and currently Brighouse Old Boys. He also enjoys running and completed the Great North Run last year in 1hour 43mins.
Calvin who lives in Finkil Street, said: “I’m hoping to beat this time by some margin this year. But I’m not only doing the run for Darren and Steph but for everyone out there who has cardiomyopathy. I also want to make people more aware of the disease.” To sponsor Calvin, go to http://justgiving.com/cleecma
The Cardiomyopathy Association also campaigns for more heart checks and gene testing for affected families to find those at risk and to save lives.
For more information call 0800 018 1024 or visit the website at www.cardiomyopathy.org