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London marathon to raise for a pace maker to save one life

I am doing the London marathon 2019 to raise money for Papworth Hospital Charity because they extended my dad's life for one year

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  • In memory of: Tom Lau
  • Event: London Marathon 2019, 28 Apr 2019

Papworth Hospital Charity

We support Royal Papworth Hospital to enhance patient care and treatment

Charity Registration No. 1049224

Story

By the time I am on the start line at the London marathon, my dad would have passed away for 10 years.

11 years ago, my dad was home alone when he suffered a major heart attack, he was rushed to hospital and was put into a coma before being transferred to papworth hospital.  

As a 27 years old at the time, I was immature and not spent much time with my dad growing up and I genuinely believed that I would not see my dad again but papworth hospital never gave up and gave him a second life by fitting a secondary external artificial heart machine and after a few months, my dad left the hospital with cheers and best wishes from all the staff from the critical care unit.  We knew without a transplant we were on borrowed time.

During the next year, I was able to make many happy memories with my father, including introducing him to my now wife, attending our engagement party, saw me qualified as a solicitor and seeing our new home.

Unfortunately with the lack of organ donor, his heart eventually gave way a year later.

I can still remember when I received the phone call from my mum telling me dad was found unconscious again.  I was overweight and unfit to the stage that I could not even run from my workplace to the carpark to rush to see him for one last time.

Since then I turned grief into energy and starting running, so to mark the tenth anniversary, I would really like to raise £1500 which is the cost of one pace maker.

I really hope that we can raise enough together to literally save one person's life, or even to extend someone's life even for a short period so happy memories can be made.

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