Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), one of Leinster Rugby’s charity partners for this season, will today launch their annual Christmas jumper appeal in the RDS and are asking all Leinster fans to help in the fight against Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

CRY Ambassador Jessica Hayes popped into Leinster HQ during the week and got the #CRYXmasJumper selfie campaign off to a good start with Darragh Fanning, James Tracy, Devin Toner, Noel Reid and Ben Te’o.
CRY is a registered charity that supports those affected by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) and they are asking Leinster supporters to don their Christmas jumper, upload a Christmas jumper selfie to Twitter and text the word JUMPER to 50300 to donate €;4.
CRY is also asking participants to nominate three friends to do the same not forgetting to use the #CRYXmasJumper

It’s hoped this fun campaign will help to raise awareness and much-needed funds for those affected by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Every year some 80 young Irish people under 35 die suddenly from a heart condition they never thought they had and up to 10,000 Irish people could carry the genes for inherited heart disease without knowing it.

The CRYP centre in Tallaght which is supported by CRY provides free screening for family members of those who have lost loved ones to cardiac issues or young people who are displaying worrying symptoms. It screens in the region of 1,500 patients a year and needs your support to continue to provide this vital lifeline to families who have lost loved ones to SADS.
Upload a Christmas jumper selfie to Twitter and text the word JUMPER to 50300 to donate €;4. Nominate three friends to do the same and don’t forget to use the #CRYXmasJumper
CRY – What Do They Do?

CRY Ireland was set up by Michael and Marie Greene in 2002, following the death of their teenage son Peter to the condition. A centre for Cardio- vascular Risk in Young Persons was set up in Tallaght Hospital in 2007, which is supported by CRY.

  • An estimated  60-80 people aged 1-35 years die of SCD every year in Ireland
  • SCD may occur because of underlying heart muscle abnormality, electrical disorders, or other structural problems
  • In approximately half the cases the cause may be inherited – close relatives may have a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting the same condition and may also be at risk
  • Conditions that cause SCD cannot be cured, but if diagnosed risk of death can be significantly reduced
  • Best treatment of those potentially at risk includes expert assessment, access to genetic testing and psychological support and counselling – the CRYP Centre is the only clinic in the country that provides a complete service, and it is free to patient regardless of where they live.
  • Almost 1,500 patients can be seen each year in the CRYP Centre.