Ryan and I were lucky enough to have won our holiday to Crete.
As you may know we lost our best friend Dany in March 2017. Dan was 25, active and healthy-however he suffered from Brugada syndrome and a Right Bundle Branch block. These two heart abnormalities were picked up on an ECG in in 2009, but catastrophically for Dan, he was never informed, and the referral to a cardiologist was never sent. Over the years, Dan made 18 visits to his G.P complaining of chest and upper back pain. If you truly know in your gut that something is not right, never EVER stop pushing.
Together, dans friends and family have since been working with the charity @cardiacriskintheyoung.
Cry’s statistics show that in England, every week 12 apparently healthy young adults die from undiagnosed heart conditions. This number is unacceptable. They therefore provide FREE heart screenings all around the county for young adults aged between 14 and 35, the results of which are read on site on the day by a cardiologist and given to you, with further testing arranged if necessary. The CRY screening programme, the CRY Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and Sports Cardiology and the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology are just some of the ways this charity helps lead research and influence practise both in the uk and internationally.
A year later on what would have been Dan’s 26th birthday his family organised a charity evening to raise money for CRY. One of the many raffle prizes was a weeks holiday in a beautiful villa in Kalyves, Crete. Ryan and I bought our tickets with fingers crossed. But it was a crowded night, so what are the odds-right? Well, we won! And we were able to take our family on a late summer holiday - all because of the love people shared with Dan. Whilst we were there we tied what has become dans symbol-a white feather tied with a claret and blue bow-to the trees outside the villa. He won us this holiday-so it’s only fair we took him along with us.
If you are, have or know of any young adults - please PLEASE go for, or recommend they go for a screening. The test takes five minutes and can all be booked online. And quite simply, it can save your life. ❤️ #cry4friends