Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
The Prime Minister has awarded the Points of Light Award to Mario and Debbie Dubois for their 1000 Hearts for Harry campaign. Their son, Harry Dubois, died from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2014 and since, then the couple have raised £100,000 in Harry’s memory allowing 2,000 young people to have their hearts screened.
The Points of Light award recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Debbie and Mario said “Receiving this award has further inspired us in our fundraising efforts; enabling young people to have access to those vital free heart screenings is Harry’s lasting legacy.”