Photo caption: Tim, Andrew and Angie Jackson
Local schoolboy, Andrew Jackson (17), has answered Fabrice Muamba’s call for runners in this year’s Great Manchester Run and is on course to raise over £2,000 for one of Fabrice’s favourite charities, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Andrew has a very personal reason for running for CRY. A keen sportsman, he collapsed last year during a hockey match. Andrew was out cold for 45 minutes and was rushed to hospital. He was initially diagnosed with long QT syndrome, a similar condition suffered by Fabrice. This diagnosis meant having a pacemaker fitted and a cessation to his sporting aspirations.
He picks up the story, “On the day I was meant to have the pacemaker fitted CRY stepped in. They had heard about my case and were concerned that I had been misdiagnosed. The charity sent me to London to for a consultation with Professor Sanjay Sharma, a consultant cardiologist and consultant to CRY’s board of directors. He was also cardiac consultant for the London Olympics – pretty impressive!
“Professor Sharma gave me a thorough consultation and confirmed the misdiagnosis – effectively giving me back my sporting life. It’s for this reason that I wanted to raise awareness (and money) for this amazing charity.
“It’s also worth noting that CRY do free cardiac screenings in schools to pick up possible heart conditions early, preventing sudden deaths in young people. They also help people recover from cardiac events and help those families who have lost somebody through a sudden cardiac event through counselling and other personal clinics.”
Andrew, attends Cheadle Hulme School and lives in Over Peover with his parents, Tim Jackson of Gascoigne Halman in Alderley Edge and Angie Jackson, owner of Physiofit in Alderley.
Commenting on Andrew’s fundraising, Tim said, “Angie and I are immensely proud of what Andy is doing, especially as it’s been his own initiative. He’s raised almost £2,000 already. The teams at PhysioFit and Gascoigne Halman are all doing their bit and pledging donations and we thank them for this.”