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Thursday 28 August 2014

Sky's the limit!

JOE Leogue

Published 10/04/2014 | 05:26

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Eoin Fenton, Cork hurler Anthony Nash, Lorcan Finn and Oisin Fenton

A FOURTEEN-year-old boy is ready to jump out of an airplane to increase awareness of neuromuscular conditions.

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A FOURTEEN-year-old boy is ready to jump out of an airplane to increase awareness of neuromuscular conditions.

Eoin Fenton from Kildorrery is a second year student in the CBS Secondary in Mitchelstown, and is taking on a 30 second free fall sky dive and two minutes of gliding from the daunting height of 13,000 feet.

Eoin was born with the neuromuscular condition muscular distrophy, the collective name for a range of neuromuscular conditions which are characterised by the progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles. It can affect adults and children both males and females. Some forms arise at birth or in childhood, others may not manifest themselves until later in life.

Eoin is undertaking the challenge to raise funds and increase the awareness of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI), a charity he is very involved with and from which receives the youth respite support service, where a youth support worker in Cork would take him on youth clubs and day trips.

The youth support service gives Eoin the opportunity to meet and interact with people of his own age who also have muscular dystrophy along with other types of neuromusuclar conditions.

Speaking to The Corkman this week, Eoin confirmed that he has never skydived before, and that the challenge is a realisation of a long held dream.

Eoin will also raffle off a signed Cork GAA jersey to raise funds, and his mother Breda was full of praise for CBS teacher and Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash.

"I couldn't praise Anthony Nash enough, he brought us all to CIT to meet the squad at training, introduced Eoin to them all individually and brought him out on the pitch where he presented him with a signed jersey," she said.

"Eoin is an avid GAA member and while he played at younger level, and still togs out for the team, he doesn't play as much anymore as such, but the passion is still there," she said.

At just 14 years of age, the level-headed student is very frank about the fact that he used to be able to run and play hurling, but now due to the loss of muscle tone, he can no longer do those things.

Mitchelstown CBS are 100% behind Eoin's fundraising and the Parents Council have already made a contribution to his campaign, while the school will also be facilitating a number of fundraisers. These include a jersey day, a cake sale and a sports day for second year students.

If you would still like to support and make a donation towards Eoin's Sky Dive please check out the online fundraising page: www.mdi.ie/sky-dive-challenge-june-2014.html.

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