Friday 28 July 2017

Mum will run Dublin marathon pushing her disabled son in a buggy to raise funds

Sinead Tighe from Tallaght, will take on the mammoth task of pounding the city streets in October while pushing Daniel.
Sinead Tighe from Tallaght, will take on the mammoth task of pounding the city streets in October while pushing Daniel.

Laura Lynott

A devoted mum will run the Dublin Marathon while pushing her disabled son in a buggy to raise up to €100,000 to convert their home.

Sinead Tighe (43), from Tallaght, will take on the mammoth task of pounding the city streets in October while pushing Daniel (9).

Daniel has a severe form of the rare Sotos Syndrome - a condition that means he can't balance properly, has an intellectual disability, impaired vision and no speech.

Full-time carer Sinead will be accompanied by her husband Keith (47) and her brother Anthony (37).

They will take over if she can't make it the whole way pushing Daniel, who weighs six-and-a-half stone.

Sinead said she will fight to make it to the finish line for Daniel and to raise the cash for the work on their house.

"He's my handsome boy and he knows it," said Sinead.

"There have been days when I've just wanted to give up because it's so hard being a full-time carer with a child with such extensive needs.

"But when I've felt like that, Daniel smiles up at me as if to say, 'Don't give up, Mam,' so I won't ever give up."

The family want to convert the downstairs of their home to be wheelchair-accessible.

They also want to transform the living room and kitchen into a bedroom for Daniel, with a wet room and a sensory room to trigger his imagination.

The conversion will be expensive, and the family need supporters to get behind them and their marathon challenge by raising cash or making a donation.

Sinead and Daniel are a familiar sight in Tallaght as they run daily and have taken part in numerous races.

"I never wanted my son to be classified as just being disabled. I wanted him to have his own identity," said Sinead.

"Now, thanks to running, he has that. Everywhere we run, people shout 'Go on, Dan'.

"People round our neighbourhood know Daniel now and he has his own identity.

"The first time I entered him into a race, I was just so proud because they put his name and time down in the race results.

"Daniel loves running. I wasn't sure he would, but I knew this was our thing straight away because he started looking up, smiling into my face and laughing."

Sinead and Daniel are one of few "compassionate" cases the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon organisers have allowed to enter, as they do not normally accept buggies.

Daniel's sister Shauna (13) has helped set up social media pages for the public to support the family on their mission.

Find out more about how to donate on Facebook or Instagram on Daniel_voyage28, on Twitter via @danielsvoyage28 or by emailing sineadtighe@gmail.com

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