Ivan used to be an aspiring runner and competed nationally. He hung up his running spikes until his world changed on the 11th January 2009.
Ivan and his wife, Nadine, were blessed by the birth of their beautiful son Sebastian. The dream quickly turned into a nightmare as 15 hours after his birth Seb was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Tetralogy of Fallot which, if left untreated, would mean he wouldn’t see his 2nd birthday. Seb started to become ill earlier than expected and, at just four months old, the decision was taken by the surgical team at the Freeman Hospital to perform emergency surgery. After six hours in theatre, a rollercoaster week in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and four weeks on Ward 23, they finally got to take their boy home.
The events of 2009 have spurred Ivan and his family into charity fundraising mode, by setting up Seb4CHUF, a children’s charity to show their gratitude. So far Ivan and his team have raised a whopping £450,000 and Ivan has taken on extreme challenges, including a 100 mile run in 24 hours, to raise money. Join our ZIDI chat today as we find out what being a parent means to Ivan, what motivates him to put himself through so much pain during these charity challenges and how he combines a full time job with the most important job in the world – being a Dad.