Guy gets on his bike for a cause close to his heart

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

He’s only two, but Guy Pin­fold is prac­tis­ing on his “big boy bike” for a spe­cial ride.

The San­dring­ham young­ster will take part in the 5km char­ity ride for Heart Chil­dren New Zealand in Taupo on Satur­day, along with his sis­ter Meg, mum Tessa Hod­son and dad Be­van.

There’s a chance he’ll end up fin­ish­ing the ride on the back of his mum’s bike, but his new red bi­cy­cle is ready to go and he’s prac­tis­ing ped­alling fast.

Tessa says the fam­ily and their rel­a­tives started rid­ing in the 160km Wat­tyl Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge eight years ago but had no idea Heart Chil­dren was the of­fi­cial char­ity un­til Guy de­vel­oped a rare heart con­di­tion last year.

He has di­lated car­diomy­opa­thy, which is not un­usual in adults but rare in chil­dren, where the heart stops pump­ing prop­erly and swells, mean­ing the liver can’t func­tion prop­erly and the kid­neys start to fail.

He was ad­mit­ted to Starship in April last year and now takes about nine med­i­ca­tions a day to con­trol the con­di­tion.

Tessa says the heart ward at the hospi­tal was full of brave chil­dren and ba­bies who had un­der­gone op­er­a­tions and open heart surgery.

Peo­ple in­volved in Heart Chil­dren were also wel­come vis­i­tors.

“They were bril­liant be­cause they get it. They re­ally un­der­stand what it is you’re go­ing through.”

Heart Chil­dren also gives fam­i­lies prac­ti­cal help like petrol vouch­ers and puts them in touch with oth­ers go­ing through the same thing, she says.

The fam­ily raised $1400 for Heart Chil­dren last year rid­ing legs of the full race and hopes to beat that to­tal this year.

To do­nate to the fam­ily’s team visit www.fundraiseon line.co.nz/guys­fly­ers09/.

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