Jake Dean from Stoke-on-Trent sadly passed away on the 3rd of February this year from an undiagnosed heart condition. In memory of his life, his family are raising funds and boosting awareness for the charity: CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and I hope I can help too in some way.
Jake Dean. Who turned 20 last November.
It is shocking to discover that in the UK alone 12 fit, healthy, young people die suddenly every week from previously undiagnosed cardiac conditions. I simply can't begin to imagine the heartbreak caused by the sudden nature of how these conditions strike. CRY's vision is: Preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, and supporting affected families.
I have been screened myself by CRY through the British Olympic Association as part of the International Olympic Committee's recommended health evaluation of elite athletes which adds to the motivation to get involved.
Proudly supporting in Prague, Czech Republic last weekend.
Jake's family are hosting various events in the local area which you can find out about via the Facebook page: Fundraising for Cardiac Risk in the Young-CRY in memory of Jake Levi Dean. I hope to attend some time in July after returning from the World Cup circuit. Already dates have been booked with CRY to screen 200 young hearts over a weekend next June at Longton Cricket Club which is the next earliest available date. It's very expensive to host the event and already incredible effort has been made to raise the money. It is an extremely worthwhile cause so get involved if you can. 'Like' the Facebook page above, check the dates of upcoming events, help to raise awareness, and maybe save a young life.