Family backing CRY’s awareness week

Michael Cadman, who tragically died in December 2007 from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Michael Cadman, who tragically died in December 2007 from an undiagnosed heart condition.

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An Arbroath couple who tragically lost their teenage son are speaking out to raise awareness of the condition which claimed his life.

Michael Cadman was just 17 years old when he died from sudden arrhythmia death syndrome, which can cause sudden cardiac arrest in seemingly fit and healthy young people.

Ever since his death, his parents Ian and Jessie and sister Jennifer have supported the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

And with CRY marking their cardiac risk in the young awareness week next week, the family are keen to raise awareness of the condition.

Sister Jennifer said: “Michael was a lovely young man, a talented musician studying for a BA in sound production at Perth College UHI.

“We support CRY in their efforts to try and prevent other families from experiencing the same grief that we have had to endure since the loss of our son and brother Michael.”

On Wednesday, the family will be at Darling’s Coffee shop on the High Street between 2 and 4 p.m., for anyone who would like more information about CRY’s work.

The award winning facility will make small heart-shaped biscuits and CRY information leaflets will be available in the cafe all week, as will stickers and CRY balloons.

And Mr and Mrs Cadman say they are very grateful for Darling’s support.

Experts believe that at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people aged 35 and under die suddenly each week in the UK from undetected heart conditions with 80 per cent having no prior symptoms.

CRY, founded in 1995, is a national charity that seeks to raise awareness of life-threatening cardiac abnormalities in young people. For more information visit www.c-r-y.org.uk