Take heart from Scott’s quest in Sheffield half marathon

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A HOTEL worker who carries the heart disease gene which claimed the lives of his dad and an aunt is to take on the Sheffield Half Marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Doctors have cleared Scott Taylor, aged 24, to take part in the event on May 27 despite carrying the gene that causes cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening condition that can cause the heart to become weakened, enlarged and unable to pump blood properly.

Scott’s father, Robert, died in 2010 from the same heart condition, aged 54.

Scott’s aunt, Jayne Taylor, died from cardiomyopathy in 2007 at the age of 45 - and another aunt, Julie Taylor, is living with the condition.

Scott, who is under the care of a cardiologist at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, has been told that, although he carries the gene, he does not currently have all its symptoms.

Scott, who works at a hotel in Chapeltown, Sheffield, said: “The news is fantastic and, although I will need regular check-ups, I am definitely taking it as a win.

“I’m delighted I’ve been given the go-ahead to do the Sheffield Half Marathon by my doctor and really pleased to be doing something positive to increase my fitness and raise funds to beat heart disease.”

To sponsor Scott, visit www.justgiving.com/Scott-Taylor3