Thank you all so much for taking the time to check out our fundraising page. Below are the stories of two amazing people and their battles with cancer. We will be raising much needed funds for two separate hospice's by walking up Croagh Patrick on the 16th June 2018.
After losing my granny to pancreatic cancer in January of this year I really wanted to do something to honour her memory whilst raising much needed funds for the amazing hospice which had cared for her.
With only opening my gym, Just Start Fitness, a day before she had passed away I wanted the gym to be part of it, as she had give me so much support and confidence when creating it and I knew how proud she was.
With having so many amazing people attending Just Start Fitness on a daily basis I thought it was only right to approach two of our amazing members Rachael and Saoirse Corrigan who had sadly lost a son/brother, Cian, to cancer also. After hearing Cian's story from his mum Rachael, it only made the idea of coming together and doing this for them both all the more clearer.
My granny Teresa had battled cancer for a long and hard 18 months defying the odds on multiple occasions. She was the most caring person in the world, but at the same time would take you down a peg or two if you needed it.
As she approached the later stages of her illness the main thing that kept her going was getting to spend one last Christmas with her family. She got her wish and passed away on the 3rd of January aged 65.
All funds that will be raised are being split between both hospices, in honour of Teresa and Cian's memory and also battling the one terrible disease that affects so many people’s families, that is cancer.
Please join us or donate if possible to raise funds and awareness for this tragic and horrific disease.
I first met Jordan from Just Start Fitness in July 17 when myself and my daughter Saoirse started training with him. Jordan's Granny Teresa sadly passed away in January after a long battle with cancer. He wanted to honour her memory by doing a charity event and very kindly asked would we like to be involved as he knew we had lost our son and brother Cian to cancer in 2009.
Both Teresa & Cian availed of hospice services throughout their illness so it seemed fitting that both St. Francis Hospice & N.I Children's Hospice should benefit. This is our way of giving something back in Teresa & Cian's memory.
In our case the Children's Hospice played a huge part in Cian's care. Without them we would not have got Cian home from hospital on a full 24 hour care package. Cian at 11 yrs was diagnosed with an extremely rare spinal cord tumour. We were told that our son was going to die!They told us they'd never seen a case like it before in fact there were only five cases worldwide and he was the only ONE to have this tumour in the cervical spinal cord. Our world stopped that day. Dec 5th 2008. Our bright blue eyed, kind boy with the cheeky grin and wicked sense of humour who loved football and playing with his friends was dying and there was nothing we could do to stop the nightmare! We met people from the Children's Hospice that day .They went above and beyond to help us get Cian home. No mean feat ..Cian was quadriplegic and on a ventilator after his tumour ruptured the morning he was to have his operation. Cian spent 100 days in intensive care and then we spent a week as a family in horizon house children's hospice and from there we got to bring him home. We were able to be a family again under the one roof. Cian needed that to spend quality time with his siblings and us and we needed it too. We will be forever grateful to the Children's Hospice for that! Cian passed away on May 8th 2009 surrounded by his family and friends. He was six weeks away from his 12th birthday.
Cian would have been 21 on June 19th. We as a family think this is a lovely way to celebrate it while honouring Cian's memory and raising money for a charity that is so close to our hearts!
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