Saturday 1 October 2016

WATCH: Proud dad and friends take on The Great Ireland Run for a very worthy cause

Published 10/04/2016 | 19:42

Evan Lucas (3) was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at three days old.

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He has recently had successful heart surgery in Evelina children’s hospital London and is currently in recovery.

Evan Lucas (3) was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at three days old
Evan Lucas (3) was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at three days old

Evan's father Andrew and a group of friends took on the 10k Great Ireland Run in Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday in aid of their very special cause.

They raised money for two charities - Downs & Proud and Children's Heartbeat Trust.

"‘Evan was diagnosed with Down Syndrome three days after he was born, which was a bit of a shock," said his mother, Caroline Lucas.

"But we immediately got in contact with Downs & Proud and got a lot of support from local people and other parents with children with down syndrome.

"It’s been a real life line for us dealing with the issues for our son. And with Evan recently needing heart surgery, with the help of Children’s Heartbeat Trust he is in full recovery.

"We would just like to thank everyone who has sponsored so far.

"The money has made a real difference in the children’s lives. It gives them opportunities to learn and to grow and to be part of society.

"Down Syndrome is very common and a lot of people in our local community are affected by it.

"It’s great to see communities pull together and support each other, and we are very proud of Andrew and his friends today for raising money for a great cause. "

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