Danny’s marathon bid after dad’s heart attack

Danny (right) with his dad Alan
Danny (right) with his dad Alan

NEARLY losing his father to a heart attack has prompted Danny Meakin to run the Virgin London Marathon in April and raise money to fund more research into heart disease.

Danny, from Westhougton is raising funds for Heart Research UK because he believes the “miracle” recovery of his previously fit and well 57-year-old father Alan is due to ongoing research into the disease. Only three months earlier father and son had completed the New York Half marathon together.

Alan, of Atherton, Manchester, had a cardiac arrest last July after doing some pool training in his sports instructor job. Luckily for Alan, he was near to a defibrillator and people who were capable of giving CPR. After being stabilised and taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary he needed emergency treatment and five stents to reopen blocked arteries.

Danny, who is a medical devices specialist in the North West, says it was a waiting game to see if his father would pull through. His overall healthy lifestyle helped him to survive, but the heart attack came as a shock to a person who was fit and well.

Danny, a former coach at Manchester United, said: “It was unthinkable that he could have a heart attack, as this was a man that had always been revered for his sporting talents, prided himself on being seriously fit and had the physique of a man half his age.”

“My Dad really is one of the lucky ones. Nine out of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital die. The only reason he has been able to make what is seemingly a miracle recovery is the ongoing research that goes into this area.

“Without this research my family would be mourning an unthinkable loss and I’m sure thousands of families up and down the country have experienced the loss of loved ones due to similar circumstances.”

Heart Research UK National Director, Barbara Harpham said: “We’re so grateful that Danny is running for Heart Research UK and very pleased his father has made a good recovery from his heart attack. The money Danny raises will help us in our continuing work towards the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.”

Danny chose to run the Virgin London Marathon for Heart Research UK on 13 April because he wants more funding to be available for research into a disease that almost cost the life of his father.

“With your help I’d like to raise funds so that we can help fund research into this area and help more families have a positive and happy outcome like the one we were blessed to experience,” said Danny.

He’s also organising a fund-raising evening at Leigh Sports Village on 29 March where there will games and auctions to help boost his total for Heart Research UK.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Danny can do so at: http://tinyurl.com/pvlyycy