1000+ People Attend Light It Up Gold Event!
Light It Up Gold is a campaign to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The Childhood Cancer Foundation have organised this event for the past three years with great success. The day began with some activities for the children including face painting, cupcake stands magic tricks and entertainment from Emerald Garrison who wowed the children with their amazing Star Wars costumes. This was followed by a 2k walk ending at the cathedral. I had been asked to lead the walk with the deputy mayor of Dublin, Daithi Doolan and to give a talk in the Cathedral on my experience with cancer. As you can imagine I was a little nervous beforehand! My Mum and Dad were there to support me which meant a lot as they have been through so much with me. It was nice to look out into the audience and spot their smiling faces. The talk was the most important one I have done to date simply due to the people in attendance. The entire audience (1,000+)! were made up of families, young and old, who have been affected by cancer and I felt it was my duty to share my experience as openly as possible. After my speech I met a little girl called Emily who had just finished treatment for Ewing’s. In the thirteen years since my diagnosis I had never met another Ewing’s survivor, it was a great moment and one I
will cherish for a long time. Speaking in front of a crowd that large was daunting to say the least but I embraced the opportunity. I have learned so much in the past six months and have enjoyed putting my news skills in to practice. The next few months are set to get even busier with our JCI Ireland National Convention which will run from the 2nd to the 4th of October.
This event is open to the public and I would encourage you to get involved if you can as it is going to be awesome if I do say so myself! Our website www.jcidonegal.com contains more information.
Progress with World Record Attempt
Some of you may know I am in training at the moment. I hope to attempt a Guinness World Record in the coming months which, if successful, will result in me becoming the fastest woman on earth to complete a 5K on crutches. My coach Neil Barrett and I have been trialling various race methods to coincide with official Guinness guidelines. My right leg cannot touch the ground for the entire race and to prove this I must be filmed throughout. We have decided that the best option is to strap my legs together. And yes, it looks as mad as it sounds. We have been using the Olympic track to practice on with thanks to Aura Leisure Centre but as of next week we aim to hit the streets of Letterkenny. If you see me try not to laugh, I know I will look ridiculous but it will be worth it, hopefully!