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Duo to run Bournemouth Half Marathon for Cardiomyopathy Association
THE WIFE of a man who died following a heart transplant is preparing to run in his memory this weekend.
Angie Hopkins, from Pound-bury, Dorchester, will be taking on the Bournemouth Half Marathon on Sunday inspired by her late husband Neil, who died from cardiomyopathy two years ago at the age of 43.
The 46-year-old will be joined by Neil’s heart failure nurse Tracey Dare, from Weymouth, as they seek to raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association.
Neil, a highway maintenance engineer, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2000.
The condition causes the heart muscle to enlarge and pump less efficiently.
When his condition deteriorated he had a heart transplant but he died in hospital a few days later.
Angie said: “Neil was a very popular man and an inspiration.
“He never complained or said why me. He just got on with it.
“Tracey was a huge help to us when he was ill and she has become a really good friend.”
Tracey, a 44-year-old nurse specialist at Dorset County Hospital, said: “I am running in support of all my patients with cardiomyopathy, and especially in memory of Neil.
“I’m supporting the Cardio-myopathy Association because of the excellent work it does providing information and support to patients, families and medical staff.”
Angie said she mentioned to Neil when he was alive that she was planning to run a marathon and he, as well as their two sons Jason, now 27, and Carl, 25, laughed at her.
So she decided to get into running after the death of her husband and took on the Cardiff Half Marathon last year before looking for a more local race to take on with Tracey this year.
Angie said: “Neil would be so honoured that Tracey is running with me.”
To support the two women in their fundraising efforts for the Cardiomyopathy Association visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ TraceyMurray.
For more information about cardiomyopathy call for free on 0800 018 1024 or visit cardiomyopathy.org
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