Thursday 23 November 2017

Clare Lynch (53) from Cabinteely, Dublin:

Clare Lynch (53) from Cabinteely, Dublin:

"I run for the cancer ward that saved my son"

Clare Lynch is planning to take part in her second Women's Mini Marathon this year, in aid of St John's Ward, Cancer Care Unit in Crumlin Hospital, where her son Shane successfully underwent treatment in 2009.

"Shane was nearly seven years old and a very healthy little boy. Then out of the blue he was diagnosed with a thing called Burkitt's Leukaemia. All of a sudden our whole world was blown apart," Clare remembers.

Over the last number of years St John's Ward in Crumlin has undergone vital renovation work, thanks to The Children's Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF) Fix Crumlin Appeal, which was funded entirely through public donations.

However, Clare knows first-hand how important it is to continue raising funds to make sure that these vital services and resources are kept up-to-date.

"About 20 of us did the Mini Marathon last year and it was absolutely brilliant. It lashed rain, but it was the most exhilarating day and we raised over ¤4,000."

Irish Independent

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