'This was on her bucket list' - Last year Sophie (15) watched Mayo from cancer ward, this year she will be in Croke Park
Published 16/09/2016 | 15:02
She may only be 15, but Sophie McHugh will fulfill a lifelong ambition when she takes her seat in Croke Park on Sunday.
The diehard Mayo fan made a bucket list a short time ago and high up was to watch her beloved Mayo on the third Sunday of September in Croke Park.
Only last year, Sophie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and underwent six months of treatment. The visits to Dublin were tiresome and often painful, a world away from the next time she will visit the capital - this Sunday to watch Mayo take on the Dubs in Croke Park.
And for this, she has her caring brother Dylan to thank.
Dylan entered the Independent.ie competition, in association with Specsavers, sponsors of Hawkeye, and won a pair of golden tickets for this Sunday's All Ireland final.
In a heart-warming Facebook post (see below), Dylan explained that he was hoping to bring his younger sister, Sophie, to the match.
While in Crumlin hospital for last year’s pair of semi-finals against the Dubs, Sophie decorated her room in red and green and passionately cheered on Mayo.
"She is absolutely thrilled. This was on her bucket list and now her dream will come true," said Sophie's mother fionnuala.
"Herself and Dylan have booked the train to go up on Sunday and it is something that she really deserves.
"She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia last July. She is doing very well at the moment. The treatment finished last March.
"She was really unlucky. After the six-month treatment, she had to go back into hospital because her bloods were very low. It turned out her appendix flared up and she needed to undergo more treatment.
"She had all the Mayo colours up around her bed in St John's Ward in Crumlin and there was plenty of banter with the other patients when Mayo played Dublin last year.
"Please God everything goes well from here on in. She faces five years of travelling to Dublin every three months. Her next visit to Dublin will be extra special though."
Independent.ie have another pair of All Ireland tickets to give away.
Simply pop over to the Independent Sport Facebook page. If you haven't already done so, like the page and then tell us briefly why you deserve to win the tickets in the comments section of the competition post.
The competition closes at 3pm on Saturday and the winners will be chosen at random by Independent.ie within one hour of the competition closing times and Independent.ie's decision is final. Usual terms and conditions apply.