Saturday 29 August 2015

Taoiseach pledges to aid terminal illness trust

Published 19/05/2014 | 02:30

Padraig and Paula Naughton with sons Archie, George and Isaac.
Padraig and Paula Naughton with sons Archie, George and Isaac.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has vowed to help a new trust for Irish children battling a rare terminal illness after meeting with a couple whose three young sons were all diagnosed with the condition.

Mr Kenny paid a private visit to the home of Paula and Padraic Naughton in Co Roscommon, whose lives were changed forever after their three children were diagnosed with the terminal Duchennemuscular dystrophy (DMD) on the one day.

Mr Kenny has promised to do what he can to help the couple with their trust – Join Our Boys – which aims to raise awareness of DMD and gather funds to allow further research into the terminal illness.

"He just arrived at the door with a local TD who said he would call over.

"He spent more than an hour and a half with them discussing various things that can be done to help the trust," said Brian Cunningham, of the Join Our Boys Trust.

The family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received since they revealed that their three young children, Archie (8) and twins George and Isaac (4), were all diagnosed with DMD in 2012.

For more information on the trust see www.joinourboys.org.

Irish Independent

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