Owen Young and Michael Wadeson were just four years old when they completed an iron man challenge in support of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Appeal.
The energetic cousins, from Ashton in Makerfield, entered the Iron Kids 500m fun run event in Bolton Town Centre, determined to raise valuable funds for the hospital - the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the country - which had provided such excellent care to their grandad just months earlier.
Michael Young, 60, had experienced dizzy spells for a number of weeks, but continued with life as normal. However it was during a visit to London, 12 months ago, that he realised he had a problem.
“Whilst I was standing at an underground station waiting for the tube, I was overcome with dizziness and an overwhelming sense of fatigue,” he said. “All I could do was sit down on the platform and wait for help.
“When I returned home, I visited my GP to explain the symptoms that I was experiencing and I was subsequently referred to Dr Jay Wright, Consultant Cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital to have a pacemaker fitted.”
Dr Wright said: “In Michael’s case, he had bradycardia more commonly referred to as a slow heart rate, which often dropped below 50 beats per minute. Therefore he needed to have a pacemaker inserted to regulate his heartbeat.”
Since his procedure, Michael says his health problems are a thing of the past, his energy has returned and no longer is he concerned about his heart rate.
In true fighting spirit and alongside hundreds of other youngsters, Michael’s grandsons, pupils at St Oswald's Catholic Primary School in Ashton-in-Makerfield, completed the children’s version of the iron man challenge in July.
They raised £841 and recently visited Dr Wright to say a special thank you.
Dr Wright added: “It was wonderful to meet both Owen and Michael – two remarkably generous and determined young iron men!
“We are very grateful to receive such a kind donation, which will make a huge difference to our ongoing cardiac research programmes.”