Scott Cumming will run the 2017 Scottish Half Marathon on Sunday 24th September raising funds for Little Hearts Matter, who work to help anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition. Scott’s decision to run for Little Hearts Matter was inspired by baby Jake (pictured above), who was recently welcomed into the world by Scott’s close friends Simon and Hills.
‘Three months before he was born, Jake was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant that the left side of his heart was too small to pump blood around his body. Simon and Hills were told that Jake’s heart could not be repaired, but that he could undergo a series of operations to ‘re-plumb’ the heart and arteries to allow the good side of his heart to do all the work. He will need lifelong cardiac care and faces further possible complications, but without intervention he was unlikely to survive more than a few weeks.
Little Hearts Matter, is a charity dedicated to children with heart conditions like Jake’s. The charity helps parents affected by the diagnosis of HLHS. They provide a support and information service that reduces the isolation, fear and the lack of understanding experienced by families when a child is diagnosed with half a working heart.
I’ve been running for a few years. I run a lot of 5k and 10k events but this will be my first official half marathon. I’m proud to have been inspired by Jake to run in aid of Little Hearts Matter.’
You can read more of Jake’s story and make a donation to Scott’s JustGiving page here.
To find out more about running for Little Hearts Matter at the Scottish Half Marathon this year, click here.