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Saturday 10 December 2016

Cancer fighter Ceejay in uniform as he joins gardaí for big parade

Published 17/03/2016 | 02:30

Boy in Blue: Ceejay McArdle in his Garda uniform. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Boy in Blue: Ceejay McArdle in his Garda uniform. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

A little boy fighting cancer has his torch and whistle at the ready because he is joining the gardaí at the St Patrick's Day parade in Drogheda today.

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Ceejay McArdle is only three but is adamant he will join the force when he grows up.

Ceejay, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, is receiving chemotherapy for leukaemia at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

His mother Susan Brown said: "He has told the nurses and staff of the paediatric unit in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital that he will be directing the traffic at the parade, and told his oncology team to keep an eye out for him as he wants to wave from the Garda Jeep."

Ceejay has also been getting messages of support as well as photographs and videos from police across the world.

She said that his love of the gardaí had helped him cope.

"The messages and support from the gardaí and police officers from around the world are really helping Ceejay escape from the harsh realities of childhood cancer," she added.

Irish Independent

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