Mountmellick GAA club has launched a fundraiser to help get life-saving treatment for a very young boy.
Conor Grehan is almost six months old but he has never left Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Conor was born to mam Marie Kennedy, from Gorey in Wexford, and dad Dan Grehan, from Mountmellick in Laois, on September 14.
Conor has a rare condition called Tricuspid Atresia and Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome.
Since Conor’s birth, the trio have been living in residence in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Little Conor will require ongoing care and Mountmellick’s Katie Donoher explained how this weekend’s fundraiser will work.
She said: “As a club, we have decided that our players and members are going to come together (while staying apart) this weekend to collectively walk or run 500km in support of our own Conor Grehen.
“Conor, son of Dan Grehan and Marie Kennedy was born in September 2020 and he is proudly equal parts Laois and Wexford- he has all the jerseys to prove it!
“Since Conor’s birth, due to his condition- Tricuspid Atresia and Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome – he hasn’t been able to leave the care of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
“Neither has his mother Marie or father Dan. They have been living in residence in Crumlin Children’s Hospital since the day Conor was born.
“We can only imagine the stress and worry Dan and Marie have had to face since little Conor was born and therefore we would like to do our part to come together to ease the financial strain which comes along with a situation such as Conor’s.
“We are asking our players, members and their families to get your legs moving this Saturday or Sunday and walk/ jog or run 5 or 10km and give what you can to support one of our club’s smallest but bravest members.”
A fundraiser set up by Conor’s godmother Joy Quigley has already raised more than €28,000.
And if you’d like to contribute to Mountmellick’s fundraiser, you can do so below: