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FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE: Little Chloe Jenkins, who is pictured with her parents Deborah O'Connor from Killorglin and Gareth Jenkins from Dublin, is flighting a rare neuroblastoma.

By Michelle Crean

A little girl, whose mom is from Killorglin, is fighting for her life as she battles a very rare neuroblastoma and faces an uncertain future.
Family of Chloe Jenkins set up a GoFundMe page: ‘Chloe’s Journey’ to help raise €150,000 for her ongoing care.

Since it was created eight days ago, it has already raised over €9,000 through the kindness of over 250 donations from the public. Footballer Kieran Donaghy has also rowed in on the campaign by featuring in an online video made by relative Brendan Reidy from Killorglin to promote the fundraiser.

Chloe, only child of Deborah O’Connor from Mount Lyne and Dubliner Gareth Jenkins, was diagnosed with the very rare cancer on March 17, aged just 14 months-old. Now five months on, the brave tot, who has endured six rounds of chemotherapy so far,
continues to fight every day.

However, as the tumour is located in her abdomen and wrapped ‘like ivy’ around vital organs, it’s putting pressure on her left kidney which is only functioning at 14 percent resulting in high blood pressure and putting strain on her heart. And although the tumour is shrinking, it is not pulling back from vital organs and major blood vessels. Chloe might soon need a massive operation and her family are preparing for news that they may
need to travel to Germany for proton therapy, a specific form of radiotherapy.

“It’s been a tough five-and-a-half months. It’s unimaginable,” her devastated mom Deborah told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“She’s tough, it takes an awful lot to take her down. I’m hoping she’ll keep fighting back. We just have to take it week by week. You have good weeks and bad weeks and there’s days if you stop and think, it’s hard. Hopefully we’ll get through it.”

She added that setting up the page is not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness of the cancer, she explained.
“It isn’t a very common cancer, it’s a hard one to catch. Lily-Mae Morrison, otherwise known as ‘Tiny Dancer’ had the same condition as Chloe.”

Family, in a bid to do something to help, set up the GoFundMe to help take the financial pressure off of both Deborah and Gareth while they spend precious time with their daughter.

“I don’t like asking for help, but we still have to plan for what Chloe might need. All we can do is deal with the cards we are dealt and do our best for her. Our families have been a great help to us. There’s no Government help for parents going through this, you’re relying on charity. Anything that would be raised and not used we’d donate to charities we’ve used such as Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Hand in Hand, the Irish Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House.”

For more see GoFundMe: Chloe's Journey

Check out Kieran Donaghy's video for Chloe here

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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