When a group of friends get together for a good cause there is no stopping them. Andrea Splendori and his 15 friends have been running together for years all around Europe. This year they decided to take on a challenge closer to home by running across Ireland from Greystones to Galway over three days to raise vital funds for our little patients in CHI at Crumlin. With 240km to cover, the group of friends will be relying on each other to complete this monumental challenge.
Going full circle for Crumlin
When 19 year old Josh Harris was a young patient in CHI at Crumlin he made a promise to his Mum that when he was well he would do something to give back to the hospital where he and his sister spent so much time. Fast forward a few years, and Josh is living up to that promise by virtually cycling 1,440km over 18 days – the length of the Irish coastline, to raise vital funds for other sick children. But that’s not the end of the story. Josh has recently recovered from COVID19, and is happy to be counted as one of those who’ve made a full recovery.
Saoirse’s summer festival
Childhood illness can strike without warning. Sometimes a seemingly harmless complaint can be the precursor to a serious illness. For parents Roseanna and Ollie Ruane, their lives have been a whirlwind the last few months after their young daughter Saoirse was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. The Galway family now call CHI at Crumlin their second home as Saoirse receives a rigorous regimen of chemotherapy.
Kangaroo Care – positive health benefits for sick babies
We all know that the natural instinct when you give birth to a baby is to hold and cuddle them to welcome them to the world. For sick children and our little patients in CHI at Crumlin, sometimes it is not possible due to a life-threatening health condition or vital life-saving equipment connected to the baby. An innovative care approach called Kangaroo Care – or skin to skin contact – was developed in Bogota, Columbia in the late 1970s, which has been proven to have positive health effects for sick babies.
Frontline hero takes on the ‘Tour De County’ challenge
In recent months, we have witnessed a tremendous outpouring of support and thanks for our frontline heroes who go above and beyond for our little patients. They have been steadfast in ensuring that the level of care received in our hospitals remains world class despite the challenges of the pandemic. Staff Nurse Mary Walsh is on the frontline taking care of some of our youngest little patients. She is a seasoned triathlete outside of the hospital and this July she is taking on our ‘Tour De County’ cycling challenge to raise vital funds for our little patients.
CHI teams up with The Script to say Thanks!
Staff in CHI at Temple Street recently teamed up with Danny O’Donoghue from The Script to thank people all across the country for playing their part during lockdown.
€55,000 Raised for Ireland’s Sickest Children
A massive €55,000 has been raised by the INTO, teachers’ union, for CMRF Crumlin, which is part of the Children’s Health Foundation family. This year due to COVID19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, tickets were available online from €10 with the chance to win incredible prizes up to a value of €10,000. All proceeds from the 2020 draw will provide continued support for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research project in the National Children's Research Centre (NCRC).
Walterstown GAA Club ‘Solo for Siún’ challenge
When childhood illness threatened the life of one of its own, Walterstown GAA club in County Meath rallied all of its players and supporters to fundraise for ‘Solo for Siún’ – an amazing challenge to do 27,714 solos to raise vital funds for CHI at Crumlin in honour of five year old Siún Foy who is battling leukaemia.
200km warrior run for CMRF Crumlin
Sometimes the bravest warriors are the littlest humans who come through the doors of CHI at Crumlin. The battles they fight, their heroics and victories may not make the evening news but to their families and friends they are heroes of our time. For Dad John Coughlan, he was inspired by his son Oisin’s resilience to keep going and overcoming the odds.
Tour De County – July Miracle Miles
Tour De County is a fun way of involving everyone who likes/loves cycling to clock up miracle miles to support the little heroes in our Hospitals’. So this July we are calling on you to get on your bike and challenge yourself to cycle Miracle Miles to support the miracles that happen daily in CHI Crumlin and CHI Temple Street.
Galway to Dublin – a 204km challenge for love
Every day babies are born with tiny little fingers and toes. Sadly some babies are also born with life-threatening illnesses, and they are scooped up from their doting mothers, and entrusted to our front line heroes. Rebecca Ott from Galway lived this experience when her son Tadhg was born, and he was immediately transported to CHI at Crumlin for life-saving surgery.
Ryan Andrews and Michaela O’Neill launch CMRF Crumlin abseil challenge
‘Dancing with the Stars’ participant and actor Ryan Andrews and partner, Primary School Teacher Michaela O’Neill are launching this year’s CMRF Crumlin Abseil Challenge. Ryan and Michaela will be going to new heights on the 18th September when they drop 100 feet off the Hogan Stand in Croke Park to raise vital funds to support the care and treatment of sick children in CHI at Crumlin.