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A father from Leicestershire who lost his son to the same condition that caused Fabrice Muamba to collapse during a football match, has been cycling more than 600 miles to raise awareness of the condition.
Joe Humphries' dad and a group of friends, have riden one mile for each life lost to Sudden Arrythmic Heart Disease every year.
A father from Leicestershire is taking part in an audacious cycling endeavour in memory of his 14-year-old son who died suddenly from a condition which is killing many young people.
Steve Humphries is cycling 624 miles – the average amount of children who die of sudden death syndrome every year.
What is Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome?
- Caused by irregularities in the heart beat which can cause sudden death in apparently healthy young people.
- Warning signs include a family history of unexpected deaths under the age of 40, fainting or seizures during exercise or excitement, chest pain or shortness of breath during exercise.
- The condition is often passed down from parent to child and around 12 young people die a week unexpectedly.
Steve Humphries, father of 14 year-old Joe Humphries, who died last October from SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome), is part of a team cycling 624 miles around Rutland Water to raise awareness of the condition. Joe was from Rothley in Leicestershire.
624 is the average number of young people who die from SADS each year.
A team are cycling 624 miles around Rutland Water today to mark the 624 young lives lost each year to SADS - sudden arrhythmic heart disease, also known as adult cot death.
The event is in memory of 14-year-old Joe Humphries who died while out running in Rothley, Leicestershire last October.
Ten cyclists, representing The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT), will do three laps each.
The cyclists will set off from Whitwell car park, Rutland Water, at 9am today.