Thursday 26 April 2018

Ferns community rallies around brothers with life threatening condition

Les and Lynda Martin with their children Ciaran and Cathal
Les and Lynda Martin with their children Ciaran and Cathal

Esther Hayden

The community of Ferns is rallying behind a local woman who has two sons with a life threatening condition.

Lynda Martin who is originally from Carnew Road in Ferns is now living in Rathnew, Co Wicklow, with husband Les and their three children, Cathal, Ciaran and Holly.

Lynda is the daughter of Mylie and Mary Jordan and sister to John and Myles.

Three-year-old Cathal and one-year-old Ciaran Martin both have a life threatening condition called Leukodystrophy.

Lynda and Les are currently in Milan, Italy where little Ciaran is undergoing urgent lifesaving treatment. This will involve them remaining in Milan for a period of six months while Ciaran undergoes his treatment. The family recently appeared on TV3 on the AM morning show. In the interview it was outlined that the funds required would be in the region of €250,000.

Mary Jordan said that they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received. 'Lynda is our youngest child. I was talking to her in Italy and she said that Ciaran is doing really well but he will be going into isolation for three months which will be very tough.

'Linda, Cathal and Holly are over there at the moment with Les and Ciaran but the children will be coming back soon with Les and Lynda will stay over there with Les' sister Aoife. People have been so good, even strangers. This whole thing is a nightmare, a bloody nightmare.

'It's so hard to see a little child suffer. You'd rather that it would be happening to you rather than them.'

Lynda, who went to school in Ferns and later the FCJ in Bunclody, is well known to many in Ferns and the entire Jordan family are held in very high regard.

Mary said that despite the intensive treatment Ciaran is in very good form.' He's in brilliant form all things considering. Cathal was a little bit tired after the flight over but he is in good form too.'

In a bit to help raise the €250,000 needed a fundraising committee has been established in Ferns and there will be a massive fundraising concert in the Ashdown Hotel, Gorey, on Easter Sunday night.

This event will be kicked off by the Deirdre Furlong School of Dance at 8.30 pm. This will be followed by the Ferns band The Heartbeats and concluded by Paddy's Disco. The committee will be selling tickets shortly costing €10. There is also a bank account being set up where people are invited to make donations directly, which will be available shortly.

Gorey Guardian