Kenny Bowen – Teeside

“We lost our 19 year old son Ian in October 1996. Ian had played golf in the morning, been to his part time job in the afternoon and gone for a night out with his mates. He collapsed and died one hour after leaving home.

The worst part about Sudden Death Syndrome is that are no good byes or I love yous, the person is just taken away from you. If we can help in anyway, please call. Time is now something we have plenty of.”

Ian was a victim of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a rare condition caused by an extra electrical connection in the heart.

Maralyn and Kenny were determined some good should come out of tragedy, so they linked up with CRY and they fixed up local heart screenings for young people.

Through counselling, Maralyn has also been a pillar of strength for other parents.

In the future we would hope that the Government will listen to us and start its own national screening programme like they do in Italy. Until then we won’t let them forget what is going on and how it has affected families like us.

If you would like to contact one of our Representatives or a Bereavement Supporter please call the CRY office at 01737 363222 or e-mail cry@c-r-y.org.uk and we will put you in touch with someone who may be able to help you.