Rally for Firies girl Róisín in cancer fight

Community row in behind local family to help pay for treatment costs in Germany

Sinead Kelleher

Eleven-year old Róisín Collins will spend six weeks living in Germany in a bid to get life-saving radiotherapy treatment that is not available in Ireland. The Firies girl has been battling cancer since a shock diagnosis last December and just days after Christmas had a tumour removed from her spine. A routine MRI scan detected the cancer.

"We noticed she was falling behind her peers. She was getting stiffer and slower. We were told growing pains at first," explained her Dad, Tim.

"Cancer was the last thing we were thinking."

They decided to get an MRI but were never expecting that anything serious would show up.

However, their life was turned upside down by the news that Róisin had cancer and required surgery and radiotherapy.

Róisin travelled to Germany this week for an assessment but it is hoped that she will begin radiotherapy in early May which will require her to live in Germany for six weeks or more.

Her Dad will accompany her while her Mom, Anne and sisters and brother will support her from home.

It has been a difficult year for the young Kerry girl but she is bravely fighting back.

The community in Firies has now rallied around the Collins family and brave Róisín as she faces the next stage of her treatment and are hosting a fundraising walk this Saturday to help the family pay for the costs of travelling and living in Germany while Roisin undergoes radiotherapy.

"Róisín and I will live there for the six weeks. She will have to get treatment from Monday to Friday every day with weekends off," explains Tim.

Tim, who works in Liebherr Cranes in Killarney, will be off work for the duration.

He says they are very grateful to the local community for their support.