Tuesday 19 February 2019

National honour for Joe McDonnell

Hubert Murphy

Termonfeckin hero Joe McDonnell (12) has been honoured for his courage.

The Woman's Way & Pharmaton Children's Awards winners were announced at a special lunch at The Hive in Airfield Estate last week and Joe was a popular winner.

The awards were supported by Pharmaton to find Ireland's bravest and most courageous children. Each winner walked away with a luxury goodie bag worth at least €500.

Hundreds of nominations were submitted by parents, relatives, friends, teachers and communities from all over Ireland.

Joe won his award for Overcoming Adversity and he truly is an inspiration for so many people.

He has battled through more than most adults.

He was diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus as a baby and has no power from his waist down as well as a shunt in his head.

Last summer, he had spinal fusion surgery because of scoliosis. Fast forward to this March and upon contracting sepsis, his metal rods had to be removed, leading to six trips to theatre. Further surgery was needed when the family were on holiday this June.

A keen Boccia player, Joe is involved in Special Olympics and has won Player of the Year and Most Improved Player for his role in the sport.

Drogheda Independent