Sunday 21 January 2018

'Superhero' Gavin Glynn's family has welcomed a baby boy - 'It was very emotional to have another baby'

Super Hero Gavin Glynn. Picture: Paul Dillon
Super Hero Gavin Glynn. Picture: Paul Dillon

Claire Fox

'Superhero' Gavin Glynn's father has admitted it was "very emotional" when they welcomed a new baby into the family four months ago.

Gavin captured the hearts of the nation during his fight against a rare form of cancer but sadly he passed away in October 2014, aged just 4.

His parents John and Jane have set up the Gavin Glynn Foundation to help other children with cancer and their families.

John, who is from Greystones in Co Wicklow, revealed that the family finally have something to celebrate after welcoming son Billy four months ago.

Speaking on The Rady D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One, he said: "It was just such a relaxed pregnancy and the most relaxed birth, even Jane will say that. He’s such a joyful and happy baby.

"It was very emotional to have another baby and to find out whether it was going to be a boy or a girl."

Gavin Glynn with dad John.
Gavin Glynn with dad John.

Billy joins Gavin's older siblings Lucy and Conor in the family.

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Gavin Glynn was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma in 2011. He was just 18 months old.

John Glynn said that he knows “Gavin is everywhere” and “looking down” on his new sibling.

“He can see him up there looking after us. He’s everywhere, he was so brave” said John.

As well as the work John does with the Gavin Glynn Foundation, he is also an Information Security Officer at Tesco Ireland.

Gavin Glynn with his parents
Gavin Glynn with his parents

He said it was Gavin's "passion for life" that allows him to juggle these roles and help prevent other families going through what his family went through. 

“He had so much passion for life and he has given that to me. It does take a big toll and I think of him every day but he’s giving me the strength and I won’t let him down. It's my mission in life and every child deserves the chance to get the best treatment,” he said.

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Wicklow man Chris Quinn also announced today that he will auction off tennis player Kim Clijster’s skirt - which he donned last week at Wimbledon- to raise funds for the Gavin Glynn Foundation.

Mr Quinn told Ray D'Arcy that it made "perfect sense" to donate it to the organisation.

He said: "As soon as we were on the plane home I thought, 'What am I going to do with it?' So I said I'd give it to charity.

"I couldn't get John and all the good work the Gavin Glynn Foundation does out of my head."

The Gavin Glynn Foundation is also holding the King of Greystones Triathalon on Sunday, July 30 to raise funds for the charity.

For more information or to donate please visit the Gavin Glynn Foundation.

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