Monday 23 October 2017

Cancer's no match for date with a pop star

Stephen Maguire

A YOUNG girl has vowed to beat cancer and keep a date with Westlife star Shane Filan.

But brave Niamh McNulty will have to wait at least a year to make her dream happen -- after getting a call for a life-saving transplant.

The 16-year-old received a 'good luck' call from the singer ahead of her operation, which takes place this Friday at Crumlin Children's Hospital.

She has fought a rare form of leukemia for the past five years, but now a suitable bone marrow donor has been found in Germany.

Her family threw her a party in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, to raise her spirits before the operation.

All her family and friends came along, as did special guests former Eurovision singer Mickey Joe Harte and 'X Factor' contestant Eoghan Quigg.

Call

But Niamh got a very special phone call on the night from Westlife star Shane.

"Her whole face just lit up. She couldn't believe it when Shane phoned. It was very nice of him to take the time.

"Hopefully when the operation is a success, Niamh will get to meet him and have a good chat with him," her mother Bernie said.

Bernie said that despite her chemotherapy treatment and watching her hair fall out four times, Niamh has been so brave.

"She has such a great personality. She has been through hell and back and she always tries to have a smile on her face. She is amazing," Bernie added.

Despite her date with Shane, Niamh will have to wait for several months after her operation, as she can only see immediate family and cannot leave her home.

"The (medical) conditions are very strict, but we will do whatever we have to. Shane will have to wait," Bernie joked. "But it will all be worth it when Niamh pulls through."

Irish Independent

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