They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, we’d like to amend that saying to the following: it takes an office to help a child walk again.
Aged 14, Adam was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer manifesting itself in a tumour on his spinal cord. This particular disease is only found in 1 out of 200 million, a scant 26 cases worldwide. His diagnosis was performed at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, using technology that had only been invested 18 months previously. He underwent surgery to partially remove the tumour (the full removal would have resulted in paralysis) but his recovery did not stop there. Adam was faced with an unimaginable challenge: learning to walk again.
It took nine months but Adam has made nearly a full recovery, walking with aids now on his own. CMRF Crumlin congratulates him on this terrific achievement.
In recognition of Adam’s trials and successes, a branch of Bank of Ireland hosted Adam’s Mo-vember in which various male members of staff grew moustaches or beards to fundraise for the medical institutions responsible for Adam’s diagnosis, surgery, and recovery. Then, on the 30th of November, the office wore Blue and Pink. The best outfits and facial hair were then put in competition for prizes.
The support they gathered for Adam and these institutions was unprecedented and absolutely heart-warming. In the end, the office raised an impressive €6,500 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin alone. We want to congratulate Adam on his recovery and our most sincere thanks to the office of Bank of Ireland for their support to our hospital.