Cycle raises £5,000 for CF – Christmas 2000

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The annual 10k-sponsored fun cycle, in aid of Cystic Fibrpsis, took place on Sunday, 25th June 2000 from Cawley’s Pub, Craughwell. It Was a very successful and enjoyable and raised £5,000 for CF Research. A special thank you to all the participants, young and old, who cycled on the day. The Cathy Sutton Memorial Perpetual Cup was won by Athenry Boys National School. Joseph Sutton presented the cup to Pierce Coffey, teacher and the boys. Sharon Moran, Athenry, had the highest individual sponsorship. The local Gardai — Pat Waters, Padraig Molloy and Paudie O’ Shea – regulated the traffic and the Civil Defence crew provided first aid. Main sponsors were Padraig Cawley and Cyril Jennings.

The association said it was greatly indebted to the many volunteers and sponsors, who helped in so many different ways and to the special guest cyclists, well-known hurler, Joe Cooney and Donal Mahon, Galway Bay FM.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive system for which there is no known cure. There are 45 children and young adults affected with this condition in Galway and 1300 nationally. CF affects the glands, damaging many organs including the lungs, the pancreas and the digestive tract. Treatment is intensive and on-going. A combination of antibiotics, oral, inhaled and intravenously, are necessary to control recurring chest infections. Physiotherapy and breathing techniques are required daily.

Regular exercise is also very important for maintaining fitness. All funds raised are used for research purposes to find a cure. The Cystic Fibrosis is a voluntary organisation supported by voluntary contributions. All fund-raising is carried out on a voluntary basis. There are currently 5 research projects being carried out in Ireland at a cost of £150,000 p.a.

In 1998 a national campaign to have a heart/lung transplant unit established in Ireland was launched. It hoped to have this unit up and running in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, in 2001. A transplant surgeon and physician are currently in training in Newcastle. At present those requiring a heart/lung transplant in Ireland have to travel to the UK.

Whilst research into finding a cure is on-going and is the top priority of the Association, however until such time a cure is found, transplants will remain the only hope of saving the lives of so many young people suffering from this life-threatening disease. There are currently 9 on the active waiting list – 2 of whom are from Galway.

Mary lane Henaghan

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Written by Mary Lane Heneghan

Published here 10 May 2023 and originally published Christmas 2000

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