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€20k raised for little Lil’s cancer battle

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By Michelle Crean

The family of a little girl diagnosed with a rare form of cancer have this week thanked the community - including those in Killarney where her mom worked - for raising a staggering €20,000 in just six days.

FUNDRAISER: €20k has been raised to help Lorraine and Dodi Sebestova whose seven-year-old daughter Lil was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on her hand.

A GoFundMe was set up by a Killarney man for Lorraine and Dodi Sebest, whose seven-year-old daughter Lily (Lil) was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on her hand, called an Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, just days after her seventh birthday in July.

Colleague and friend, Jason Clifford, who is a Manager at the Dunloe Hotel, worked with Lorraine for the past 15 years and immediately set up the fundraising page to help the couple who gave up their jobs to be at Lil's side. On Wednesday evening Lil finished the first round of treatment which left her exhausted, after three weeks of intensive tests.

In total she has to undergo 25 weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy between Crumlin Hospital and St Luke's in Dublin. The couple, living in Spa Road in Tralee, also have four other children and Lorraine told the Killarney Advertiser that the money raised will be a lifeline for them as costs with travel and accommodation will add up.

Her parents say little Lil is staying strong and positive but has put down some bad days.

"She's doing very well," Lorraine said. "We get glimmers of her when she's not so beaten down. She's never been in hospital before and is a happy go lucky child. She has been going since she could walk at 10 months so when you put her in a small room her personality changes."

But she added that their "little warrior is putting up a good fight".

"It's rare, it [the cancer] occurs on the extremities. It's in her thumb and palm and spreading to her ring finger. She's had so many procedures already and has been through the most horrific battle. She is just the best. She is so scared all the time but pushes through it, she is so tough. She is a warrior and made for battle."

Lorraine added that she cannot thank the communities in Killarney and Tralee, her close knit neighbours, and colleagues in the Dunloe Hotel, for the massive support to help get them through this.

"We have four other kids at home that my mom is minding. We both gave up our jobs as we want to do this together. We're a great family and we're strong. We'd be lost without our neighbours and the communities. Jason set up the GoFundMe, which we are grateful for and the generosity has been overwhelming. So many people are dropping in stuff to us including petrol vouchers. It has been unbelievable."

Jason added that Lorraine is a "vibrant and positive person", and had no hesitation setting up the page to help.

"She is just one of those girls everyone clicks with. I just wanted to do something. We think the most of her here."

To make a donation go to GoFundMe: Help Lily Anna Sebestova

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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By Sean Moriarty

HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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