There was a great turnout in support of the Save Ryan and Ethan Appeal hosted by the Clonmel Community Resource Centre.
Ryan and Ethan McCormack are two little Waterford boys, aged 7 and 5 years, who were happy and healthy until a hereditary disease known as ALD started to show its symptoms in Ryan.
When the disease was diagnosed in Ryan, his twin and younger brother were tested and it was also discovered in his younger brother Ethan. A well-known film called Lorenzo’s Oil depicts the destructive progression of this deadly disease.
Family and friends formed a fundraising committee for the boys’ treatment, which involves bone marrow transplants. A member of their family, Paula McCormack is an HSE Public Health Nurse based at Clonmel Community Resource Centre and was the driving force behind this event.
The centre in Kickham Street was a hub of activity where members of Ryan and Ethan’s extended family used the facilities to open a café for the day. Attractions included a sale of knitted garments crafted by the dedicated team of knitters who meet every Thursday at the Centre and other donors who joined the appeal for wool and knitted garments. Pottery from Cluain proved a popular purchase, together with a large choice of cakes, bread and plants.
A Reiki and an energy therapist donated their time and skills for mini sessions and a local beautician offered a choice of treatments. Blood pressure testing and the stroke campaign F.A.S.T provided an awareness-raising opportunity in the interests of health.
Tom Pollard, chairman of the centre welcomed Mayor of Clonmel Pat English and County Council Chairperson County Council Jimmy O’Brien, together with several other elected members who gave their support to the campaign.
The event raised over €4,140, which will go towards life-saving treatment for Ryan and Ethan. The centre staff and volunteers thank everyone who played a part, large or small, in the overall success of the day, including those who spared their time to drop in, enjoy what was on offer and at the same time support the boys. It was wonderful to witness the centre’s motto “Community at work” in action for the benefit of others.
Members of the family, staff and friends of the centre came together again for the cheque presentation earlier this month.