Saturday 20 December 2014

140 troops join forces in ice bucket challenge

Nick Bramhill

Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30

NICE, ICE, BABY: Big-hearted members of the 12th Infantry Battalion simultaneously perform ice bucket challenge to raise funds for solider Liam Mulcahy's terminally-ill daughter Sophie
NICE, ICE, BABY: Big-hearted members of the 12th Infantry Battalion simultaneously perform ice bucket challenge to raise funds for solider Liam Mulcahy's terminally-ill daughter Sophie

SoldIer Liam Mulcahy has given an emotional salute to his army colleagues after they came together to perform Ireland's biggest ice bucket challenge to raise funds for the care of his terminally ill daughter.

A total of 140 past and present personnel of the 12th Infantry Battalion simultaneously threw iced water over themselves at Limerick's Sarsfield Barracks last Friday, to highlight the brave fight of Private Mulcahy's eight-year-old daughter, Sophie.

Devoted Liam and his wife Stacey are facing a heart-wrenching race against time to raise enough funds to buy a new family home equipped with the necessary medical equipment for their daughter, after learning she is in the advanced stages of renal failure.

The youngster is one of just 40 people in the world to suffer from a rare condition called 1q43 Deletion, a genetic disorder which has left her unable to walk, talk or feed herself and which required her to undergo six surgeries in the first year of her life.

Up to recently the little fighter, who was given just four days to live after she was born, had overcome all the odds and amazed both her parents and siblings Dion (13), and Kayla (6), with her bravery.

But now, doctors have advised against further surgery as they fear the odds of Sophie surviving an operation would be too slim.

Trinity College Dublin neurologists and research students do the dunking at the ice bucket challenge for politicians including Mary Hanafin, Roisin Shortall, Caoimhghin O Caolain, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mairead McGuinness, Joe Costello, Richard Boyd Barrett, and Gabrielle McFadden. Photo: Jean Curran.
Trinity College Dublin neurologists and research students do the dunking at the ice bucket challenge for politicians including Mary Hanafin, Roisin Shortall, Caoimhghin O Caolain, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mairead McGuinness, Joe Costello, Richard Boyd Barrett, and Gabrielle McFadden. Photo: Jean Curran.

Liam (34) said he was given a massive boost by the gesture of his colleagues. "After brushing away the tears, we want to thank you all so very much, I'm helpless from a medical point of view to improve Sophie's health, but my God, I'll do everything in my power to make my baby comfortable with us in our home, surrounded by love, before I kiss her goodnight."

Liam, who set up the charity cycle4sickchildren, will take to his bike early next month for a gruelling 24-hour fundraising cycle for his daughter.

To donate, seeidonate.ie/sophiesjourney.

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