A BRAVE schoolboy living with a life-threatening condition is encouraging people to get dancing to secure vital equipment which could save his life.
Kian Epps, nine, suffers from a dangerous arrhythmia and desperately needs a defibrillator so his family and friends can re-start his heart if he goes into cardiac arrest.
But the life-saving device costs around £1,500 and isn’t available on the NHS, which means both Kian’s family – and his school, Heyhouses Primary School in St Annes – face a mammoth fund-raising task to rake in the cash needed to secure one for both his home and his classroom.
And now gym instructor Sue Mann, mum of Kian’s best friend’s mum, and fellow instructor Jackie Daly are organising a Zumbathon – which the pair hope will raise more than enough cash to help Kian.
Sue said: “Kian is my son Callum’s best friend, so that’s how I got to know him.
“He has this condition and he is on medication which is doing him the world of good but he needs the defibrillator. It got me thinking because last time we did a Zumbathon we raised £2,000 very quickly, so we are hoping to do that again.”
Kian’s mum, Stacey Burgess, 26, is so worried about his condition – which can only be 80 per cent controlled by medication – she wants to secure the equipment as quickly as possible, so Heyhouses Primary School has stepped in to help the family get one ahead of the Zumbathon on June 2.
The cash raised from Sue and Jackie’s efforts will then go to buy one back for the school – which wants equipment in both its infant and junior departments.
Stacey, of Church Road, St Annes, said: “Kian has just been so positive.
“He has said to me he wants to raise awareness and get defibrillators everywhere he can.
“Any money left over will go to the Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) UK charity to hopefully get a defibrillator for someone else.”
The Zumbathon will take place on Saturday, June 2 at St Annes YMCA on St Alban’s Road between 2pm and 4pm.
Tickets – available from Sue on 07950661331 – cost £10.
Stacey is also encouraging people to sign SADS UK’s petition to get defibrillators in all schools by logging on to www.sads.org.uk and following the link.