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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Mid Kerry gets set to rally around Ava

KEVIN HUGHES

Published 14/11/2012 | 11:29

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A FUNDRAISING initiative in aid of four-year-old Leukaemia sufferer Ava Diggin will see a number of events being held in the Glenbeigh area in the coming weeks.

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On September 19, The Kerryman's front page article highlighted the Killorglin family's plight after parents Emer and Jonathan discovered that their beautiful daughter had Leukaemia. The news came despite initially being told that Leukaemia had been ruled out, the false reading the result of a blood transfusion received prior to testing.

Last month a fundraising cycle was organised by Ava's maternal grandmother, Nora O'Sullivan Looney, and cash raised was donated to St John's Ward in Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin where Ava is receiving ongoing chemotherapy treatment.

The latest fundraising initiative is being organised by Ava's paternal grandmother, Glenbeigh woman Marie Diggin, and cash raised will help towards the steep costs incurred by Ava's ongoing treatment.

Titled ' Together 4 Ava', events start with a Coffee Morning at the Towers Hotel, Glenbeigh, this Sunday November 18, starting at 11am - all donations, no matter how big or small, will be accepted.

The Towers Hotel will also host a Fundraising Dance 'with a twist' on Saturday, December 22, with music by Martin Williams. The main attraction will be the 'Man Auction', tickets are priced at €5 with a raffle also being held on the night.

A children's nature walk will take place on St Stephen's Day with a minimal charge of €3 per child. The nature walk will be followed by refreshments, games and bouncy castles at Glenbeigh Sportshall and children must be accompanied by an adult.

A 2013 calendar with scenes of Glenbeigh and priced €10 will also provide an ideal christmas gift and will be on sale in various businesses in Glenbeigh and Killorglin.

All funds will go towards costs incurred by the intensive treatment which is expected to continue for the next two to three years.

"She has good days and some bad days but the main thing is that she hasn't regressed," Ava's mother Emer stated this week.

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