Feb 14 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
A FATHER who bounced back to good health from three open heart surgery operations is to take part in a charity trek from London to Brighton.
Gary Glazerman and his family will set out to walk the 100km – 62 miles – non-stop in about 30 hours to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
The 58-year-old, of Kingsfield Avenue, Harrow, was born with congenital heart disease. He underwent his first major operation at just four years old and 10 years later he was back in surgery to have a hole in his heart repaired.
Over the following 16 years, Mr Glazerman was fit and well, but was then diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of an abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke.
He had six cardioversion procedures and cardiac ablation therapy to help regulate his heart rhythm.
In March last year, Mr Glazerman underwent his third open heart operation, but has made a good recovery after keeping fit through walking and becoming a volunteer walk leader in Harrow.
“I recovered from this last surgery really quickly and much faster than the doctors had imagined,” said Mr Glazerman, who is retired after 33 years working for IBM.
“I believe the reason I bounced back so quickly was because I was in better physical shape as I have become more active.
“It was shortly after surgery that I read about the British Heart Foundation’s London to Brighton Trek. Having completed the charity’s London to Brighton Bike Ride in 2009 on a tricycle, I knew that I had to give it a go.
“The British Heart Foundation is a fantastic charity and I am convinced that it is thanks to the research they fund, that we have seen such improvements in treatment for heart patients.”
Mr Glazerman is taking part in the challenge, on Saturday and Sunday June 22 and 23, with his wife Liz, daughter Jacqueline and her partner, Marcus Hofferer. He has already raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship.
“We all need to take our health seriously, especially the health of our hearts,” he added. “I like to get out and walk around six times a week and since becoming more active I have lost more than four stone in weight.”
His team is called Team BGB – Bonkers Girls and Boys. To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/gary-glazerman.
To take part, visit www.bhf.org.uk/L2Btrek, or call 08451 308 663.