WHEN Ballickmoyler woman Mary Farrell was undergoing treatment for cancer, little did she think that less than two years later she would have the energy and stamina to undertake a major fundraising drive.
Sixty-year-old Mary, who is originally from Tinryland but now lives in Ballickmoyler, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2013. Following her diagnosis, Mary underwent a gruelling six-month course of chemotherapy treatment at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. During this time, Mary lost more than two stone in weight, as well as suffering the debilitating side-effects of her treatment.
Now, almost two years since her diagnosis, Mary has finished her treatment and, as she says herself, is “fitting fit”.
“My scans are now clear and, thankfully, I’m feeling great,” a delighted Mary told the Laois Nationalist when she called in to tell us of her fundraising plans.
“I always promised that if I got better I would try to raise a few bob for the oncology and haematology department at St James’s Hospital,” said Mary.
And so, on Friday 20 March, students who are involved in the peace and justice committee at St Mary’s Academy in Carlow – where Mary’s grandson is a student – will hold a cake sale in the school from 9am to 1pm.
The following night, Saturday 21 March, Mary is holding a major fundraising event at The High Trees in Arles. Music on the night is by Derek Veale. But Derek is not the only one providing entertainment on the night: the famous Liam McCarthy Cup is also expected to make an appearance, along with some well-known faces from the All-Ireland-winning Kilkenny hurling team.
Tickets are currently on sale at €5 each. Anyone who buys a ticket but cannot be there on the night will go into a draw for a special door prize. And lots of raffle and spots prizes will also be up for grabs.
Tickets can be obtained by contacting Mary on 087 6211414, or you can pay at the door on the night.
Finally, Mary would like to say a sincere thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff who cared for her at St James’s Hospital. She would particularly like to thank her own GP, Dr Regina Kelly, whose early intervention was vital in Mary’s recovery. She would also like to thank her family and friends, who supported her through what has been a difficult time.