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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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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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