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Marathon runner raising awareness of inherited heart disease

PUBLISHED: 11:44 20 April 2015

Marathon runner Megan Warwick

Marathon runner Megan Warwick

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Megan Warwick's dad suffers from cardiomyopathy

A YOUNG woman whose father had to had life-saving surgery to treat an inherited heart disease is running the London Marathon on Sunday to raise awareness of the condition.

Megan Warwick’s dad Stephen Sullivan was 49 when he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease, eight years ago after tests to investigate his debilitating breathlessness.

The disease is the biggest medical cause of sudden death in young people, but most sufferers can live long and healthy lives if they are diagnosed and treated.

Following surgery to install a mechanical heart valve, Mr Sullivan is now doing well – but Mrs Warwick, 28, from Dartford, wants to raise awareness of the condition.

She is aiming to raise £1,000 for Cardiomyopathy UK, a charity which provides information and support to families affected by the condition.

“It was a very tough time for all the family,” said Mrs Warwick, who lives in Gloucester Road.

“Knowing how much Cardiomyopathy UK does to help families in similar positions to us, I’m very pleased to be able to raise money for them.”

Mrs Warwick and her sisters are tested regularly and remain clear of the condition.

She hopes to finish the run in under five hours 15 minutes, beating the six hours 18 minutes she clocked up when she first took part in 2009.

She is running with her friend Sophie Cowdry, also from Dartford, who is raising funds for a pancreatic cancer charity. Her husband Luke, her dad and her mum Pat, plus many other family members, will be cheering her on on the day.

“I am hoping that sticking with Sophie will help us both through the tough bits of the course,” Mrs Warwick added.

To support Megan go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MeganWarwick. For more information about Cardiomyopathy UK, visit www.cardiomyopathy.org or call 01494 791224.

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