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‘Big football’ fundraiser for former Dundalk FC star Sonia Hoey as she battles cancer

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Sonia Hoey, Emma Singleton, Claire Brennan and Claire Brennan at the fundraising event for Sonia in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Sonia Hoey, Emma Singleton, Claire Brennan and Claire Brennan at the fundraising event for Sonia in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Kyla McArdle, Nicole Carthy and Clodagh Hoey at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Kyla McArdle, Nicole Carthy and Clodagh Hoey at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Gerry, Daniel, Patsy, Sonia, Bernadette and Sean Hoey with Eddie and Serena McArdle along with Michelle and Emmet Ryan and Brendan Wynne at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Gerry, Daniel, Patsy, Sonia, Bernadette and Sean Hoey with Eddie and Serena McArdle along with Michelle and Emmet Ryan and Brendan Wynne at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Mariana Browne with Jennie, Maia and Reuben Shiels at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Mariana Browne with Jennie, Maia and Reuben Shiels at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Aimee Lynch, Doireann Mullen, Eva Uznevicie and Caoimhe Neary at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Aimee Lynch, Doireann Mullen, Eva Uznevicie and Caoimhe Neary at the fundraising event for Sonia Hoey in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Claire Brennan and Sonia Hoey at the fundraising event for Sonia in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

Claire Brennan and Sonia Hoey at the fundraising event for Sonia in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

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Sonia Hoey, Emma Singleton, Claire Brennan and Claire Brennan at the fundraising event for Sonia in DkIT Sports. Photo: Aidan Dullaghan/Newspics

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It was back to the pitch for sporting veteran Sonia Hoey, who put her best boot forward at the ‘Big Football’ fundraiser at DkIT Sport.

The 42 year old is currently battling cancer, and is hoping to return to a specialist centre in Mexico next month for further treatment.

After a mammoth local effort to fundraise for her first trip to the Hope4Cancer clinic last year, she told The Argus how grateful she was for all the support to help her make the return trip in July.

She added that the fundraiser at DkIT Sport on Sunday, where she joined in the action, was “a great day’s entertainment.”

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"Big football was a game new to most of us taking part! It was very competitive at times, but also very funny.” I really want to thank my friends who organised this event, their commitment and support over the last couple of months made it the success it was.”

Sonia has faced an extraordinary battle over the last few years. She was originally diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer in February 2019, and underwent an aggressive treatment of radiation and chemotherapy every day for two months.

Then, when she was almost a year in remission, she was told in July 2020 that the incurable cervical cancer had returned and had spread to her lungs.

Her family and friends launched the ‘SaveOurSonia fundraising campaign to help her access alternative treatments at the Hope4Cancer clinic in Mexico, which offers “nontoxic protocols” with the aim of improving her overall condition and shrinking her tumours.

Having benefitted from the treatment she received there in 2021, the campaign is currently fundraising again to enable Sonia to avail of the continued treatment plan,

The ‘Big Football’ event was one of a number held over the last few months to make the trip possible.

Sonia added her thanks to DKIT Sport for the use of the facility on the day, “and to the sponsors, who backed us financially, thank you for this much needed income, as we plan to return to Mexico in July for further treatments.”
“Thanks to the entertainment company and those who supplied the food and drinks and to those who travelled from near and far to support fundraiser and of course  to those who participated in the very competitive, but very funny, games.”

The former Dundalk F.C star is recognised for a number of achievements in sports and has previously played with Dundalk FC, Peamount Ladies FC and Blackrock FC.  She also played Gaelic with her local club Dowdallshill and with the Louth’s women's team.


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