Preventing cardiac risk in the young

My name is Albert and I love sports. I played football all my life, ran rather fast over 100m, and always played basketball with a smile. However, my true passion is rugby. I fell in love with the sport at the age of 11, when I was first tackled to the ground hard, yet my opponent helped me up. Competing at different competitive levels, with rugby becoming an ever-important part of my life, taught me important life lessons of compassion, hard work and resilence. I have never looked back since. 

Following a few games in the late 2018 stage of the rugby season, everything was going great. I was in the form of my life, and the school team had just come off the back of a huge win against one of our fiercest rivals. Unfortunately, right then, tragedy struck. I noticed that I was struggling to breathe and having severe chest pains that coincided with an irregular heartbeat. I knew immediately that this was not an asthma attack. Fortunately, I was rushed to the hospital, where I was treated and discharged after just a day in the DCU. However, my doctor did not feel that I was ready to go back to competitive sport and warned that I may never again be able to play the sport that I love. It was only 3 months later, after a rigorous medication programme and many, many tests, that I was finally cleared to play sports again. 

I was one of the lucky ones.

Every week in the UK, 12 seemly healthy people, normally aged 35 and younger, die from sudden cardiac conditions, without warning. The most frustrating part is that unlike a lot of other medical conditions, cardiac conditions are easily preventable if tested for.  Working in conjunction with the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young  (CRY), who host these tests that can save so many lives, my friends, teammates, teachers, and I, all plan to run a half marathon on the 24th of November 2019. We aim to do whatever we can to fight this devastating statistic, by not only raising awareness for the work that CRY does but by also making sure that kids in our school can be ECG tested, hopefully preventing tragedy striking another unsuspecting youngster.

We cannot do this without your support, so please donate as much as you can.

Thank you 
  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 36 mos
  • Gareth Cox 
    • £10 
    • 36 mos
  • Daire Brennan 
    • £10 
    • 36 mos
  • Melanie Pitman 
    • £15 
    • 36 mos
  • Stelios Thoukidides 
    • £20 
    • 36 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Albert Nwahba 
Elise Pacelli Nwahba 

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