A little boy’s heroic fight for life in the face of cancer has inspired a musician to donate a song he wrote to raise funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a charity that offers help and support to families with children diagnosed with cancer.
Songwriter Martin Bennett offered to sell his self-penned song called 'Family' when he heard about local boy Tommy Shaw’s battle with a highly aggressive cancer called ATRT (Atypical Teraotoid/Rhabdoid Tumour).
The six-year-old had previously beaten cancer but it has unfortunately returned.
Tommy was first diagnosed in 2013 and had been through a rigorous regime of chemo and radiotherapy in Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin and St Luke’s in Rathgar.
Tommy’s father Keith, told Independent.ie he was delighted that Martin had got in touch to lend a hand with his musical talent.
“In 2013, when he was three and a half, Tommy’s left eye turned in so we took him to an optician. From there he was sent straight to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin where a biopsy was done and a tumour was discovered.
"He is now just gone six and loves all things wheel-based, cars, motorbikes and that. He has a big sister Shauna who’s 13 and a little brother Darragh who will be two in April.”
The single, 'Family' can be downloaded from Facebook and carries a message of hope from musician Martin Bennett.
He calls Tommy a superhero and thanked him for bringing the whole community of Birr together with his energy and positivity.
He said: “He is so full of life and love that you would never guess he was ever sick. All proceeds from this single will go to Aoibheann's Pink Tie, they do so much for children and families in this situation.”
Tommy’s dad Keith also said: “I’d encourage everyone to listen to the song on Facebook and to download it.”
Other locals who are lending a hand to the campaign include Kevin Mahon and Jane of AlphaFashion Birr & Portumna. Who sponsored the cost of recording and singer Steve Hogan who recorded the song.
To download the single here