Rugby player Darragh Fanning has officially chosen Cry (Cardiac Risk in the Young) as his charity partner.
The rising St. Marys and Leinster star and 28-year-old wingman from Dublin has chosen CRY for the worthwhile work it does supporting families all over Ireland who have lost loved ones to Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome as his charity partner.
Tragically, at least one young person per week dies from sudden cardiac death or Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in Ireland.
Cardiac disease in young people is mostly caused by inherited heart disease or a birth defect. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people in Ireland carry genes for inherited heart disease, more often than not unknowingly.
Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS) is an umbrella term for the electrical heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death in young people, although it can happen in older people, too.
Darragh Fanning said: “I am delighted to support CRY Ireland which is an extremely worthwhile charity. Each week one young person dies in Ireland from sudden cardiac death so I am delighted to raise awareness of this fantastic charity and its vital screening service and look forward to working with them.”
Chairman of CRY Ireland Michael Greene said: “We are absolutely delighted to have such a talented player as Darragh on board and want to thank him for all of his support. Monies raised for the charity will go towards supporting CRY’s free screening service in Tallaght Hospital and directly helps to save lives. Funds will also go towards providing support to family members who have lost someone to SADS.”