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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Group feels the burn at bootcamp for Robyn (9)

John Manning

Published 10/09/2013 | 05:32

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DUBLIN'S largest ever bootcamp gathered in Donabate last week to spill their sweat and raise funds for a little girl who needs a potentially life saving operation in the United States.

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DUBLIN'S largest ever bootcamp gathered in Donabate last week to spill their sweat and raise funds for a little girl who needs a potentially life saving operation in the United States.

The Donabate Portrane Community Centre was the venue for the huge event organised by Jade Smyth to raise money for Robyn's Life Trust.

The charity is trying to raise cash for a nine-year-old girl called Robyn Smyth who has been diagnosed a second time with a stage four neuroblastoma after four years of remission.

Robyn from Whitehall needs a potentially life-saving operation in the United States that will cost her family around €350,000 and her story has caught the public's imagination with fundraisers happening all over Dublin for the cause and further afield.

The little fighter has already endured large doses of chemotheraphy, radiation, stem cell treatment and surgery to remove a massive tumour.

Although her parents were told there was an 80 per cent chance the neuroblastoma could return, they were devastated when informed a swelling in her jaw was the return of the disease.

Robyn's mother Bernadette discovered some experimental treatments which were then only available at the Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York.

The treatment in the US would cost a minimum of $350,000 (€267,000) although similar experimental treatment is available in The Netherlands for a minimum cost of €150,000.

The pain experienced by those who turned up for the bootcamp was nothing to what Robyn has endured so there was some powerful motivation for the participants in Donabate to work as hard as they could to raise money for the cause.

Event organiser Jade Smyth, was thrilled with the turnout and thanked everyone who turned up and felt the burn to raise cash for Robyn.

The bootcamp raised €1,235 for the cause so well done to everyone involved.

Special thanks were extended to Al Dillon for providing the sounds on the day and to the instructors, Louise Quinn, Drew Hennessy, Brian Kenny and Karl Kelly.

Contributions can be made to Robyn's Life Trust, AIB account number 21417099, sort code 93-23-53 or www.robynslife.com.

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