Connor urges support to Children’s Cancer Fund

At the launch of his fundraising campaign in support of Rorys Miles 2 Mayo to open a rehabilitation center in Co Mayo for children with cancer – Connor McBarron with son Fionn is joined by John Courtney and son Jack

Posted: 09:06 September 10, 2021

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IN December 2013, Connor McBarron, 43, received “devastating news” that he was suffering from a rare form of bone cancer that had failed to respond to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
At the time of his diagnosis, Connor was teaching technology and design at St Michael’s College, and he remembers the impact the disease had on both his personal and professional life.
“The only option was to have extensive surgery, which involved removing three ribs and a breast reconstruction.
“This was and has been a life-changing experience for myself, my wife and the family of four children who were five, eight, ten and twelve years old at the time.”
Although Connor had to undergo a long period of rehabilitation and recovery after his surgery, he and his family made “very special and dear” friends at The Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge and Narnia in Newcastle, County Down, which provides a shelter for families of people suffering from a serious illness.
Connor believes this charity has had a profound impact on helping his family cope with the extent of his illness.
“Many organisations, especially Cancer Fund for Children Ireland, have supported and helped us on this journey through respite at Daisy Lodge in County Down and their many support programs for children.
“These have enabled our children to deal with the reality that their father has to deal with and live with the new physical wreckage left after sarcoma cancer.”
Three years after his surgery, Connor still needs “constant medication and pain treatment” on a daily basis.
Former Ireland Rugby captain Rory Best embarks on a 180-mile walk from Daisy Lodge in Down to Cong in County Mayo, where The Cancer Fund for Children Ireland hopes to build a short-break rehabilitation center.
On his walk to Mayo, Best passes Enniskillen, where he will call in to lend his support to a charity rugby match between St. Michael’s College and Enniskillen Royal Grammar School next Saturday, which is being organized by Connor. At the time of going to press, Connor and his family have raised a whopping £2,257 for the charity ‘Rory’s Miles to Mayo’, and he believes the money will have a major impact on this charity.
If you would like to donate to this Cancer Fund for Children Ireland fundraiser, you can do so by visiting the Rory’s Miles to Mayo GoFundMe page.

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Posted: 09:06 September 10, 2021

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