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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Friendship takes two to new heights

Mums preparing to skydive to raise funds to send Sophia to USA

Stacy Kane and Michelle Shields have signed up to do a sponsored sky dive so that their friend Catriona Griffin’s daugher Sophia can have life changing surgery in the United States
Stacy Kane and Michelle Shields have signed up to do a sponsored sky dive so that their friend Catriona Griffin’s daugher Sophia can have life changing surgery in the United States

Margaret Roddy

The friendship between three Dundalk mums is set to reach new heights when Michelle Shields and Stacy Kane undertake a sponsored sky dive next month to raise money so that Catriona Griffin's daughter Sophia can travel to the United States for life-altering surgery.

The woman have known each other from school, so when Catriona asked them if they could help with fund-raising so that three yea old Sophia, who lives with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and PVL brain injury can have Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy SDR surgery performed by the world's top Neurosurgeon Dr. T. S. Park in St. Louis's Children's Hospital, Missouri, they jumped at the idea.

All three were friends when they were pupils at St Vincent's Secondary School and Michelle and Catriona actually go back to primary school.

'I've known Catriona since we were at St Vincent's so when you're friend asks you to help, you're only too happy to do so,' says Stacy who lives with her husband Gavin and daughters Ann and Zoe at Waterville Cresent . As Catriona read out a list of ideas from bake sales to bungee jumping, Stacy volunteered to do a sky dive and Michelle signed up as well.

'I started off in primary school with Catriona so we are lifelong friends,' says Michelle, who lives with her daughters Mollie and Hannah in Lennonstown Manor.

'I am a bit nervous about the idea of doing the sky dive but Catriona is a really good friend and I would do anything for her and her family. Sophia is a beautiful little girl.'

The women will travel to Longford on Saturday June 29 to do the sky dive.

'It's a tandem dive so we will each jumping with a professionally sky diver so I'm not too nervous about it and am actually looking forward to the experience,' says Tracy.

Catriona is extremely grateful to her friends for taking on such a challenge to help her daughter.

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