A marathon challenge for Leon

25th April 2018

Leon Lima, 33 a PE teacher from Bournemouth ran the London Marathon for Cardiomyopathy UK on Sunday in a phenomenal 3 hours 11 minutes!

Leon took on this incredible challenge as cardiomyopathy is a cause that’s very close to his heart and he wanted to raise as much awareness as possible for the condition.  Leon nearly lost his son Luka just after he was born, after his was misdiagnosed with Bronchiolitis. In fact Luka was suffering from heart failure, and he was eventually diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. After receiving the right diagnosis the family are managing his condition and his is now 3 years old.

Leon said “Luka really is the bravest and most inspiring son I could ever have hoped for. What Luka has had to deal with and continues to take within his stride is mind-blowing”.  

Leon is Assistant Principal at Glenmoor and Winton Academies, who sadly lost a PE teacher Dan Ferris-Oates in 2016 to cardiomyopathy – sending shockwaves through the school as he was fit and healthy. Dan was only 36 when he passed away last year, leaving behind a wife and baby daughter.

Leon added “Over the course of the past two and a half years Cardiomyopathy UK has been a great source of information and support. The newsletter and Facebook group have provided me and my family with useful resources, up-to-date medical movements and personal support from affected families and charity members.”

You can still donate to Leon’s story here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leon-lima1

Superstar School

Glenmoor and Winton Academies have so far raised an amazing £4270 for Cardiomyopathy UK by becoming one of our Superstar Schools. To apply to be a Superstar School please contact our Community Fundraiser Christie Jones at christie.jones@cardiomyopathy.org or on 01494 791224.

You can also find out more about dilated cardiomyopathy