Meet one of our youngest fundraisers
Seven year old Isaac is one of our youngest fundraisers and raised €3,817 for taking part in the Mini Muckers challenge in Punchestown on the 6th October. Isaac has been attending Crumlin hospital since he was one year old for adrenal insufficiency.
“We were so shocked that Isaac’s fundraiser took off the way it did!” Margaret Geoghehan, Isaac’s mum, said. “We started it at the beginning of September, just as everyone was going back to school and getting into their routine again. So we thought they’d be busy and really hoped to reach the €300 mark. But we achieved that goal really quickly and we kept increasing the target. And people just continued to donate.
"While we were at the Muckers challenge last year they announced that some people were doing it for charity and Isaac asked if he could do it for Crumlin. I told him he could of course, and that we would all support him. I did the Women’s Mini Marathon a few years ago for CMRF and was delighted he wanted to do it to help other sick children.
“Isaac needs medication to replace what his adrenal glands normally make. You need your adrenal glands particularly if you’re stressed or sick. Tristan’s cousin is an endocrine nurse in Crumlin so it’s great that Isaac recognises someone when he’s in hospital for treatment. Isaac was only ever admitted into hospital once when he had rotavirus, so we’ve been lucky. We have appointments every three months, and they always make loads of time for us in Crumlin. If we have questions or concerns we know everybody in the hospital is there for us. Isaac has been ill before in the middle of the night and as a parent you stress and worry about whether you’re doing the right thing. We know we can call the hospital and have that support so it takes some of the fear away. We don’t feel like we’re on our own. When Isaac was born there was only one other little boy in Ireland with the same condition so it was scary. The unknown is scary.”
Isaac is used to his visits to the hospital now - “I don’t mind going to the hospital but I don’t like getting injections when they have to take blood.” Isaac said, “The nurses always ask me questions to distract me and it’s over very quickly. I try not to cry though so that other kids don’t get scared. Mini Muckers is a really cool obstacle course with loads of challenges, pools of water and sticky muck. I ran it with my brother Jack and my dad Tristan. My friends in the Beavers were cheering us on. I did it last year too and it’s always so mucky. I love going through the water. But my shoe got stuck in muck and we had to dig it out. The huge stacks of hay were the hardest obstacle because you had to try jump over them. It’s a really cool day. It’s epic! We all have lots of fun, and I’m happy to help others kids in Crumlin who are more sick than me.”