This March I will be celebrating my birthday at our local pub, with the talented Buffalo Huddleston playing their awesome music. So rather than gifts this year, I would love if you could support this amazing appeal. As someone that suffers with cardiomyopathy, this appeal means so much to me and to have more research, understanding, and treatments into this condition will help many people, and hopefully avoid their children living in the unknown of knowing if they may suffer this condition.

Ruben was a 3 and a half month old baby boy, who was born with GACI (Generalized arterial calcification of infancy), which causes high blood pressure and a strain on the heart. This ultimately caused him to suffer with dilated cardiomyopathy which is an enlarged heart that is unable to pump the blood round the body effectively. He fought so hard to stay alive. However covid, and fate was not on his side and he passed away on the 12 January 2022.

His family has since established Ruben's Fund with the aim of raising £200,000 to enable the team at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital to set up a dedicated research project, which will provide valuable knowledge into genetic cardiomyopathy, which effects 1 in 100,000 babies, to better treat and manage this condition.

As most paediatric cardiomyopathy remains genetically unexplained, there is an urgent need to better understand genetic susceptibility and underlying disease mechanisms. To help avoid situation’s that Ruben’s family found themselves in.

Anything you can contribute to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Claire Fisher