You may have seen it in the news last week, the tragic story of a 24 year old footballer collapsing playing the sport he loved and sadly passing away. He left behind a loving family who are devastated and shocked at his passing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37367137
On Monday 12th September 2016 Dan was playing for Shaw Lane AFC in a cup tie at Brighouse Town FC when he suddenly collapsed, despite heroic efforts by medical staff from both teams along with paramedics, they were unable to save Dan. He had an underlying heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopath (AVRC), this is the same disease that caused former footballer Fabrice Muamba to retire in 2012 when he collapsed playing at Tottenham. This is an inherited condition that causes the replacement of cardiac muscle with fibrous, fatty tissue, normally in the right side of the heart, it causes the walls in the heart chamber to become thin and stretched, impacting how the blood is pumped around the body causing abnormal heart rhythms.
The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation has been set up to raise funds to save young sportsmen’s lives! The foundation is supported by the FA and county FA’s, with every penny going towards screenings for footballers at all grass roots levels. Money will also be provided to assist clubs in purchasing Defibrillators and providing training in CPR.
Below is a link to the justgiving crowdfunding page that has been set up if you would like to donate to this worthy cause.
Article written by: Alex Murray