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Eurovision hero pens song to help save Mannix

EUROVISION hero Charlie McGettigan has penned a charity song to help send brave Mannix Kane to America for cancer treatment.

The singer/songwriter, who won the Eurovision in 1994 with Rock And Roll Kids, has written a song called To Be A Child Again that will be used to raise funds for the Mannix appeal.

The song will be performed by Mannix's friends at the Evolution Stage School and Paul Hennessy, one of the original Irish tenors.

Mannix (4) has two cancer tumours, one on his kidney and one very close to his brain.

He is suffering from clear cell sarcoma, one of the rarest forms of cancer there is and may have to be sent to America if chemo treatment here is unsuccessful.

The Kane family, who are from Kildalkey, Co Meath, were forced to prepare for the worst as the clinical trials Mannix needs if the cancer persists are not available or funded for in Ireland.

Tracey Carty, from the Evolution Stage School, told the Herald that the kids are delighted to be involved in helping their friend, who they miss very much.

"We got some of them in the recording studio last week and the remainder of the song was recorded during our classes, there is huge excitement surrounding it all amongst the kids," she said.

"He's a great little performer, he loves singing and dancing and always knows the words to his songs.

"The kids in Kildalkey miss him terribly, he has a lot of friends in the class."

A chance encounter at a fundraiser for the Save Joy Campaign between McGettigan and Hennessy in December, saw McGettigan give Hennessy the song which could help Mannix in his cancer battle.

"Paul sang at a fundraiser just before Christmas and that's when we met Charlie for the first time, he told us he had written a song that would be perfect for Paul's voice," she said.

"When the Baby Mannix Appeal came up, we felt the song would be perfect for the cause."

The CD will go on sale over the next week and details will be available on www. evolutionstageschool.com.

Details of fundraising events and how to get involved are available at the appeal's website www.mannixkaneappeal.org and the appeal's Facebook page Please Help!! For Mannix.