Running with his fingers crossed . . .

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A BRIGHOUSE man is putting on his running shoes in support of his sister’s partner who is waiting for a heart transplant.

Twenty-two-year-old Calvin Lee is taking part in the Great North Run at the weekend in support of his brother-in-law to be, Darren Gibson.

Calvin, a transport administrator, of Finkil Street, is raising money for the Cardiomyopathy Association, a charity that provides information and support to families affected by the heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy.

Darren, 43, of Halifax Road, Hove Edge, 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 told that without one he may live only another year.

Calvin is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity. “My sister Steph and Darren have set a date to get married next June so we are all crossing our fingers and hoping all goes well,” he said.

A keen footballer, Calvin has played for Brighouse Juniors, Huddersfield Town’s youth squad and currently Brighouse Old Boys. He also enjoys running when he finds time.

“I’m not only doing the run on Sunday for Darren and Steph but for everyone out there who has this disease. I also want to make people more aware of cardiomyopathy.”

To sponsor Calvin visit http://justgiving.com/calvinlee

The Cardiomyopathy Association also campaigns for more heart checks and gene testing for affected families to find those at risk and to save lives.

n For more information about cardiomyopathy, call the Cardiomyopathy Association on free phone 0800 018 1024 or see the website www.cardiomyopathy.org