A BRAVE youngster is putting his heart condition behind him to help others.
Kian Epps, nine, suffers from a life threatening arrhythmia which has cut his dreams of being a footballer short.
The former Manchester United Development Academy player was diagnosed with the heart problem after suddenly blacking out at a Blackpool FC game.
But since doctors identified his condition last month, the Heyhouses Primary School pupil, of Church Road, St Annes, has decided to raise money and awareness of his condition.
Along with the help of his mum Stacey Burgess, 26, the youngster is organising a fundraising night and has already received donations from Blackpool FC.
He said: “I feel quite happy about what I’m going to do.
“It was quite a shock when I found out what was wrong but I think this will help a lot of people.
“I want to raise awareness and money and I’m looking forward to working with Blackpool.”
Kian will begin to plan his fundraising events, including a talent show and skydive, with the help of his school when the new term starts on Monday.
Miss Burgess, a support worker, added: “It has been a real rollercoaster of emotions during the last few weeks.
“Family and friends have been really supportive but you never expect anything like this to happen.
“Planning the events are helping me and it gives us both a focus.
“It’s a horrible situation but things are turning around and Kian has been an inspiration because he is dealing so well with it.”
The family will be raising money for Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome UK (SADS) which provides information and support to people suffering from heart conditions.
Defibrillators are not readily available to families who are dealing with heart conditions,
Money raised from the charity events will allow SADS UK to help provide the lifesaving equipment and medication required to keep Kian alive.
Miss Burgess added: “We have made a lifelong commitment to the charity to always be raising awareness and putting money together when we can.
“Kian keeps me positive and this is a really good focus now.”