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Widow running to raise money for heart charity
6:24pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A WOMAN is running her first half marathon two years after her husband’s sudden death from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Hannah Hargrave, 37, from Sunderland, will run in October 6’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in Hyde Park, London, to raise up to £750 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
It will be almost two years to the day after her husband, David, 36, died while cycling home from work.
He had been a keen cyclist and fitness fanatic, who went regularly to the gym and had played rugby since the age of 16. He had climbed Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro in the years before his death.
However, the fit salesman had two heart defects leading to an abnormal heart rhythm, which caused his heart to stop suddenly one evening in October 2011.
Mrs Hargrave was left widowed with three children aged eight, six and four and no idea of what had caused his death.
She wants to run to raise awareness of the vital work that CRY does in providing screening and investigations, which could potentially have prevented her husband's death.
She said: “CRY screens people aged 14 to 35 for heart problems. Had David known what was wrong with his heart, it’s possible his death could have been prevented.
“His parents and brother and sister have now all been scanned and they’ve all been found to have one of the defects David had.
“His brother has now undergone surgery to correct it.”
To sponsor Mrs Hargrave visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HannahHargrave
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