A dream came true for a Clonmel child who suffers from a rare disease when she visited Disneyland Paris.
10 year-old Amy Joyce from Glenconnor made the trip in August, accompanied by her mother Majella Joyce and Sarah Jane Cleere, the fiance of Amy’s uncle Darren Joyce.
“Amy had a ball, she really enjoyed herself”, said Sarah Jane Cleere.
Amy suffers from Ataxia-Telangiectasia (AT), an inherited disease that affects several organs and systems in the body, including the immune and nervous systems.
There is no cure for AT and treatment involves managing and relieving the symptoms. Children with the disease usually die in their teens.
Amy, a pupil of the Presentation primary school, was delighted to stay at the Disneyland Paris hotel on her weekend trip, where she met many of the Disney characters. She also found time to buy lots of toys in the shop and meeting the Disneyland princess was another highlight, giving her some great stories to tell her brother Raymond and sister Kelly.
A fundraising drive launched some months ago to help send Amy to Disneyland was a resounding success and very well supported across the community.
The Joyce family is grateful to everyone who helped in any way. They include those who attended the fundraising night in The Local Bar in Clonmel on June 15; people who donated food for the event and those who sold and bought tickets for the raffle.
A special thank you is extended to Rochelle and Kelsey from England who sent gifts to Amy when they saw a story about her on the front page of The Nationalist in June.