Blantyre teenager Kieron Balfour was born with a rare heart condition known as Ebstein’s Anomaly. It meant unfortunately 15 year old Keiron endured many years of ill health whilst awaiting treatment that was only available in America.
However, fate intervened, when charity Rebecca’s Rainbow Heart Ebstein’s Anomaly Trust stepped in, which allowed Kieron’s cardiac surgeon in Glasgow, Mark Danton and his team to travel back and forth to Minnesota, on educational visits to learn all about the procedure that Keiron needed. The finally, in April 2014, Kieron got the life saving surgery he needed. Now over a year later Kieron has a new lease of life and able to enjoy the same outdoor activities as all other 15 year olds do.
Kieron will now hold a fundraising evening in the Greenfield Social Club, Hamilton, on Friday, August 28, and the teenager is inviting people along and also asking if anyone can kindly donate a prize for the raffle on the night.
Michelle Balfour, Kierons mother added: “Kieron just wants to thank the trust and give a little something back to them by organising this fundraiser and holding a fab raffle. If it wasn’t for them funding Mr Danton’s trips to the USA, we’d still be awaiting his operation and he’d still be very ill – potentially only a matter of time away from heart failure, which is the scariest thing ever.”
All proceeds raised on the evening will go straight to Rebecca’s Rainbow Heart Ebstein’s Anomaly Trust. Anyone who would like tickets or to donate a prize for the raffle, can do so by contacting Michelle on 07975 659 528.
Blantyre Telegraph shows its support by donating £125 for Kieron’s fundraiser, our donation possible from the local monthly sales of the newspaper.