A nursing student who was touched by the story of an eight year old East Cork girl battling a rare form of cancer, has raised hundreds of Euro for a Cancer Charity. Twenty year old Niamh O’Brien from Killeagh donated 17 inches of her hair and raised the fantastic amount of €1600 for the Gavin Glynn Foundation.
Niamh’s mother, Sandra, said her daughter’s long hair was her pride and joy but when the Second Year student of Nursing at UCC heard of Ella Dempsey from Ballymacoda, she was so moved that she felt she had to do something to help.
Ella, who attends Kilcredan National School, has Ewing Sarcoma which is a type of tumour that forms in the bone or soft tissue.
The eight year old has already undergone Proton treatment in Essen in Germany to reduce the tumour on her hip, and travels to London shortly to have the growth removed.
The trip was supported by the Gavin Glynn Foundation, a Charity established to support children with a childhood cancer.
The organisation supports families through its Travel Assist Programme and campaigns for more cancer drugs for children.
Ella’s mother, Amy, said the family will be forever grateful for the support of the Gavin Glynn Foundation.
She said “Ella’s journey has been so hard, a true nightmare, but we have met incredible people on our journey and have an amazing community behind us”.
She thanked “everyone for their amazing generosity in supporting Niamh in her fundraiser, a completely selfless act. She has a big heart and will make an amazing nurse.”