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Monday 24 October 2016

'It’s so important for a sick child to be happy' - Mum of girl (3) who will spend her birthday at Disneyland

Daire Courtney

Published 14/10/2016 | 19:46

A three-year-old girl will spend her fourth birthday in Disneyland thanks to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

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Katie's three-year-old daughter has neuroblastoma.

“She’s doing really well at the minute, thank God, and we’ll be going to Disneyland next month with Make-A-Wish for her fourth birthday,” Katie told

“To be honest, the day-to-day life for a child with cancer, it’s all routine about medicine, needles, dressing changes, and now they take all that away and give her some normality and happiness to forget about it for four days.

"It’s so important for a sick child to be happy.”

Participants of the Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope event shared emotional stories of their own connection to the charity today.

Katie said she was nervous to abseil, but couldn’t wait to help Make-A-Wish change another child’s life with the money she’d raised.

Ross Flood took the plunge in memory of his brother-in-law Sean, who passed away two years ago at the age of 17. His wish to meet Stephen Gerrard and the Liverpool team had been granted before.

“It was very hard, it’s very emotional even trying to speak about it at the moment.

"But it was absolutely fantastic to see him happy once again before he passed, it’s fantastic the way he got to smile again,” Ross said.

“Anything I can do to help the charity is a bonus, you know, I think if everybody could do a little bit more then a lot more kids could have wishes granted."

Sean’s uncle Wayne added; “To see the smile on Sean’s face when he met the Liverpool team, money couldn’t buy,”

Ross and Sean’s relatives were there cheering Ross on at the abseil.

For more information see the official Make A Wish Ireland Facebook page

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