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Saturday 17 November 2018

Foundation is launched in memory of Shauna Kavanagh (30)

Shauna’s family at the launch of the Shauna Kavanagh Foundation at the Bacbar in Bray: (back,from left) David Coleman, Eimear McGrath, Marcus Hammond, (front) Dylan Kavanagh, Anne Kavanagh, Brendan Kavanagh and Patrick Taylor. Photos: Barbara Flynn
Shauna’s family at the launch of the Shauna Kavanagh Foundation at the Bacbar in Bray: (back,from left) David Coleman, Eimear McGrath, Marcus Hammond, (front) Dylan Kavanagh, Anne Kavanagh, Brendan Kavanagh and Patrick Taylor. Photos: Barbara Flynn

Mary Fogarty

Friends and family of the late Shauna Kavanagh gathered at the Porterhouse in Bray recently to launch 'The Shauna Kavanagh Foundation' in her memory. The evening included a celebration of her life earlier in the Holy Redeemer.

Shauna, who had cystic fibrosis, died aged just 30 in October 2017. A native of Windgates, she is survived by her husband Paddy, her parents Brendan and Anne, relatives and many wonderful friends. The aim of the foundation is to support people who face long term health challenges like CF. They and their families very often experience long hospital stays.

The foundation will support in very practical ways, with day to day essentials, like vouchers for car parking, phone credit, exercise equipment etc. Ordinary needs that are seldom thought about but can add a real financial burden on top of worry about health challenges.

It was in a spirit of celebration that the Shauna Kavanagh Foundation was founded. Her determination to live, love, learn and laugh, at adversity, made her unique and what has inspired the foundation's mission.

Anyone who wants to help is invited to run an event, participate in an event or make a donation.

Some of the events in which people have participated for the foundation so far include the VHI Women's Mini Marathon, Hell & Back, a football tournament and others.

Upcoming events include a HIIT session in Clondalkin, and a Mount Everest expedition in September 2019, as well as coffee mornings, and a Malin to Mizen cycle taking place next year.

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