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8 Sep

Morag Aims To Raise Awareness

A nurse who tragically lost her boyfriend to a heart attack is hoping to pay tribute to him by running the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow at the end of the month. Morag MacPhail’s life was turned upside down when partner Tony McGowan suddenly passed away, aged just 43.

Morag found Tony’s body on the sofa after he had suffered a heart attack in his sleep in October last year. She now plans to run in the Great Scottish Run in his memory and in order to help raise awareness of the importance of staying healthy to avoid developing heart disease.

“We had been at the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow just a few days before he died to watch my daughter’s run and he had even said how he wanted to do it next year,” Morag explained.

“Never would we have known about his underlying heart problem. That’s the thing about heart disease, it’s a silent killer and what happened to Tony has sadly happened to so many others.

“The race is going to be very hard and very emotional but I’m determined to finish. Even if I have to walk for part of it I will get there. I want to spread the word to raise awareness of the importance of staying healthy to avoid developing heart disease. It’s been so shocking and painful, but if anyone can learn from what’s happened to us then at least something good can come from it.”

You can donate to Morga's cause here.