15-year old Dylan Lynch from Rathnew, Wicklow who is battling cancer will receive his National Children of Courage Award, at the Share a Dream – Dream Ball on Saturday 24th November along with 7 other children.
“Dylan was diagnosed with acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2013 aged 10. He went through three gruelling years of treatment. Just 2 months after finishing treatment he relapsed on the 20th January 2017. Dylan suffered horrendous side effects from the treatment reslting in brain damage and central nervous damage.
Dylan was discharged from Crumlin hospital at the end of October 2017 after over nine months there. He left the hospital unable to walk, needing to be hoisted from bed to chair and totally dependent on us to look after his every need. From December 2017 to April 2018 he attended the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.
Whilst there he had many intensive therapies. In August this year he had a set-back when he developed shingles and spent almost a week back in hospital requiring high doses of anti-viral medication. Today Dylan is enjoying being back at school and is also having weekly tennis coaching sessions which is his passion.
He still has many side effects including mobility and cognitive issues but has made a remarkable recovery given where he came from. We could not be prouder of him. Dylan would not be where he is today if it were not for his strong will, determination and positivity,” according to his mum Cathy who nominated him.
The 13th Dream Ball and National Children of Courage Awards takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick on Saturday November 24th.
The annual gala hosted by the Share A Dream Foundation is the only event of its kind in Europe and promises to be a glamorous, magical and very special evening. Muireann O’ Connell of the TV3’s Six O’ Clock Show and Today FM will be one of the many celebrity supporters in attendance with 2FM’s Will Leahy acting as Master of Ceremonies.
Eight very special children, who have shown unbelievable courage and determination in the face of illness have been selected from nominations from all over Ireland. Their determination to get as much out of life as possible in spite of their Illness or disability will be honoured and their dreams will come true on the night.
“Seriously ill and disabled children in Ireland deserve to be recognized and honored for their absolute courage and determination to get as much quality of life as they can. The National Children of Courage Awards shows these children and their families that they are not forgotten about and there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel,” said Shay Kinsella Founder of the Share a Dream Foundation.
The Dream Ball is a night celebrating life, full of very happy memories with wonderful entertainment, fine food, dancing till late and a magical feeling for everyone attending in sharing in the amazing achievement of those 8 Children of Courage what a lovely beautiful Christmas story.
Tickets are still available at www.shareadream.ie or 061-200080