Kieran O'Connor Fundraising Walk

11 March, 2019

There will be a fundraising walk in Aghada for former Cork Footballer and local man Kieran O'Connor former Aghada GAA & Cork Senior Footballer. starting at 2pm a 5km #FriendsofKieran walk from Aghada GAA Club along the scenic Rostellan Peoples Path with refreshments afterwards. All GAA Club members from the different clubs are asked to wear their club colours/tops/jackets etc on the day.

Kieran and his family needs your financial help to support him and his family with current living and future medical expenses to beat Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer. Including possible travel abroad for additional medical expertise.

On 2nd October 2017, after what started out as a throbbing pain in his right ankle, Kieran was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Ewing’s Sarcoma is a rare form of bone cancer and even rarer in adults.  Kieran & his wife Sinead were also due their 3rd baby at the time of diagnosis, baby James was born 3 weeks later and Kieran began his treatment within days.  Kieran went through aggressive chemotherapy for 3-4 months to shrink the tumour enough so that the surgeons could proceed with his operation.

On 14th February 2018, the surgeon operated on the tumour, shaved off 110mm of bone and attached ligament as part of the repair.  The operation went well, but the healing process was long and painful.  Intensive Chemotherapy resumed after a month and went on until the end of July 2018. 

By November 2018, Kieran having being out of work since October 2017, was feeling well.  All the results were  positive and he was planning on going back to work in December 2018.  He took part in a “Local Bulls” Fundraiser with his young son James! Confirming the positive mental attitude and strength of Kieran, they dressed down for a special 2019 calendar! A bit of fun to raise awareness of mental health issues and cancer and to raise funds for Pieta House and the Mercy Hospital. 

Over the last few months, Kieran was suffering from persistent pains in his leg and the wound was not healing fully. In January 2019 he had to endure another serious operation & his lower leg was amputated. 

While trying to recover from the amputation, he started experiencing bad back pains, and last week we were all devastated to find out that his cancer had spread. Kieran is a fighter, he is back on chemo treatment this week battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for the THIRD time in 18 months.

His friends, have decided to set up a Go Fund Me page for Kieran & Sinead, Isabelle (7), Ava (5) & James (1).  Funds are needed to help Kieran with all aspects on further treatment and care, as well as potential prosthetic costs following his lower leg amputation and to help support Sinead and their 3 young children. 

We are appealing to the whole community of Aghada, Cork and beyond to support this fundraiser for “one of our own”. Please help us to reach our goal for Kieran, Sinead & Family.  Donations via the Go Fund Me Page or directly into the below bank account, or to any of the named finance committee members - contact friendsofkieran@gmail.com for further details. 

BANK ACCOUNT: AIB  FRIENDS OF KIERAN O’CONNOR 

Go Fund Me Page Click on link here

*SAVE THE DATE * Bank Holiday MONDAY 18th MARCH @ 2pm 5km #FriendsofKieran walk from Aghada GAA Club along the scenic Rostellan Peoples Path with refreshments afterwards. Keep an eye on our social media pages for further updates on this and other fundraising events which will be announced very soon