Saturday 24 February 2018

N-ice to meet you as Lily Mae helps to drench Lord Mayor for charity

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke takes part in the ice bucket challenge
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke takes part in the ice bucket challenge
Six and a half year old Lily-Mae Morrison

Danielle Stephens

'TINY Dancer' Lily-Mae Morrison was one of the children who helped soak the Lord Mayor of Dublin for the launch of childhood cancer awareness month.

Christy Burke accepted his nomination to take on the ice bucket challenge, in order to help raise awareness of the Light It Up Gold campaign.

The icy downpour didn't phase swimmer Mr Burke, who quipped that he takes a cold shower every morning, as he swiftly nominated acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, Peter Finnegan of the Dublin City Council and Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton to take on the challenge.

Families from around the country travelled to Dublin to launch the second annual Light It Up Gold campaign, which aims to have every county light up a key building in gold to symbolise childhood cancer.

Lily-Mae (6) from Claregalway, who captured the hearts of the Irish public after the release of the chart-topping charity single, Tiny Dancer, has been cancer free for the last nine months.

However, her father Leighton said that the family travel to America every three months for a clinical trial, as there's a 70pc chance of the neuroblastoma returning.

"The Childhood Cancer Foundation has been a great help over the years," he said.

"It means there's someone to listen to and give advice."

Aine Richards and her daughter Niamh (9), from Clondalkin, Dublin, were also at the Mansion House for the launch.

Niamh is recovering from Wilms' tumour, which is a cancer of the kidneys.

Ms Richards said the Light It Up Gold idea was taken after a father in America had started a day of yellow and gold for his son, who had died from cancer.

"It gives us such a boost for all of the hard work we've put in all year round as volunteers," she said.

Gillian Smith, whose son Dylan (12) is recovering from a brain tumour, said that one in 300 children get cancer and four Irish families every week have a child diagnosed with it.

Irish Independent

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