cyclists help Freddy, 4, get crucial heart surgery
team of cyclists saddled up with Burnham-On-Sea Lions Club to hold
a unique event on the town's seafront on Sunday (September 10th)
which raised hundreds of pounds for a little boy's vital heart surgery.
fundraisers held a static sponsored cycle ride on the seafront with
the aim of cycling the combined distance of John O'Groats to Land's
End in a day - which they successfully completed.
event was held on Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade and raised £563
towards the operation for 4-year-old Freddy Vallender from Puriton.
cycling were Karl Burkett, Ollie Taylor, Tim Clark steve Clark,
Derek Miller with the support of Phil Cross.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "As soon as we heard about this fundraiser,
we wanted to get involved to help the little lad."
Holdum from the Lions added: "There were blustery conditions
on the seafront but we have seen lots of generosity today from supporters
and passers-by, with some even putting ten pound notes in our buckets."
added: "It was also wonderful to welcome Freddy along with
his family during the day - he is such a marvellous boy who we are
keen to help as much as possible."
has an extremely rare and life threatening heart condition,"
explained a spokesman.
four months, Freddy had a cardiac arrest. The Vallenders were told
that there was a 6-8% chance he would survive."
Freddy did survive thanks to amazing paramedics and CPR by a neighbour."
was diagnosed with a cardiac tumour: a Fibroma in his left ventricle.
The tumour is 5cm by 3.5cm. It makes up much of his heart wall and
fills 2/3rds of his ventricle. Cardiac tumours occur in only 0.2
percent of the population."
are completely random and is not a generic condition. Most children
present in the first year of life and unfortunately 33 % do not
tumour causes dangerous heart arrhythmias which make Freddys
heart beat in excess of 200 beats per minute and can lead to sudden
death by him going in to cardiac arrest. To date Freddy has had
3 heart surgeries and has a defibrillator implanted in his tummy,
but he needs further treatment."
is no cardiac centre in the UK that have any experience in carrying
out this surgery."
Children's Hospital in the US is the leading centre in the world.
From 1990 to date they have successfully removed 7 fibromas in children
whose life threatening rhythms have disappeared once the tumour
has been removed."
now needs to go to Boston to have lifesaving treatment to remove
Vallender's have said that having a poorly child changes you as
a person: 'You do not dare to look into the future and live in the
moment. You face that fragility of life every day'. They now need
your help to perform another miracle and get Freddy to America for