Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fun Run for cancer fund

A 5K/10K Fun Run has been organised at Punchestown Racecourse for 21 July, to raise funds for the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund, writes Brian Byrne.

Registration on the day will begin at 9.30am for an 11am run start, but pre-registration is available at Cost of entry is €15/€20.

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Mullan from Eadestown is fighting cancer for the third time in his life. The first was when he was a 16-months baby, the second when he was 22 during his final year in Trinity College Dublin, and the latest came to light when he was in Harvard College in Boston doing his Masters in Law.

The new treatment for the rare form of metastasized renal cell cancer he has at the moment is a targeted chemotherapy not available in Ireland. His doctors say he needs to remain in the US to continue receiving it.

Michael helped organise Kildare’s Relay for Life, and often visited St John’s cancer ward in Crumlin, where he was treated as a baby, with presents for the patients. He has also volunteered with the Irish Teenage Cancer Trust, Harvard’s Disability Project, assisted victims of crimes in court, and helped out with Best Buddies.

His parents have also been instrumental in setting up the Ronald McDonald parents accommodation in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Donations towards the fund can be made on a website which tells his story.

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