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After an amazing battle little Lily is cancer free

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By Michelle Crean

A little girl who has battled a rare form of cancer after being diagnosed last summer was eletated to finally ring the bell this week after being given the all clear.

Seven-year-old Lily (Lil) Sebestova was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on her hand - a Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma - just days after her birthday in July.

After enduring months of treatments including many gruelling rounds of intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy,Lily and her family - who have been through an emotional and mentally draining journey - were overwhelmed and relieved on Saturday when she finally reached her goal of beating the disease.

Killarney locals were amongst those who gave generously to a GoFundMe set up by Killarney man, Jason Clifford, the Manager at the Dunloe Hotel, where Lily's mom Lorraine has worked for the past 15 years.

In total €26,140 was raised - over double of the €10,000 target - and the support has been incredible according to Lily's parents Lorraine and Dodi Sebest who live in Tralee.

"She rang the bell on Saturday morning," Lorraine told the Killarney Advertiser.

"She's after beating cancer. We were told that there are no signs of cancer."

While it is wonderful news, according to Lorraine, she added that the family are happy but traumatised as they try to get back to normal after such a traumatic year.

"I had been praying so hard for maintenance chemo and when they told us I was bawling crying and hugging Lily. She will have a diagnostic scan on March 31 to confirm and she still has a year of maintenance chemo, but that heavy burden of fear is gone."

The family, she added, has been genetically tested as it's such a rare cancer but Lily will have to watched for life.

She added that there had been a possibility that Lily's hand would have to be amputated if the treatment didn't work.

However, after hearing the good news, last week Lily started piano lessons for the very first time.

"She went back to school and her health and her weight is up. She held her own, she's a fighter. She started piano lessons. Not only did they save her life they saved her hand."

Lorraine is thankful to everyone who so generously supported them to get to this point but most especially her colleagues and is hoping to return to the Dunloe Hotel later this year.

"They have been fantastic to me. The hotel is reopening in April. I love my job in the Dunloe and the staff are brilliant. I miss it and hope to be back later in the year."

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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Annual Christmas motorbike charity road run launched

The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18. The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in […]

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The Kerry Bikers are hosting their annual Christmas Bike Run on December 18.

The event will raise funds for St Francis’ Special School at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort and Eagle Lodge in Tralee.

Now in its sixth year, the run, which is organised by an amalgamation of several Kerry motorcycle clubs under the banner of Kerry Bikers, will visit Killarney.

The run gets underway at 10.30am from Tralee. The first stop off is in Sheahan’s Centra on the Muckross Road where the Tralee group will be joined by local motorcyclists before setting off on a yet to be decided route.

“We will announce the route in Killarney. Last year we went to Killorglin, Farranfore and Castleisland. This year Abbeyfeale and Listowel may be in reach and if so we will make donations to Nano Nagle Special School too,” organiser Dave Foley said.

Over one hundred motorcycles are expected to take part in the run. Last year the full convoy measured 1.6km from start to finish.

“We hope to exceed that this year,” added Foley

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