AS SHE battles with a rare form of cancer, generous-spirited Glenflesk teenager Leah Lynch is urging the community to get behind a major fundraiser to help fellow cancer patients in the county.

Leah, 19, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in November, and started chemotherapy treatment at Cork University Hospital in the weeks before Christmas.

Her mother, Breda Lynch, is one of the founding members of the Glenflesk ag Rith jogging group. The Kerry Cork Health Link bus, which brings patients from Kerry to Cork for cancer treatment, passes Breda’s house five days a week and the importance of this service struck a chord with Breda and Leah.

Although Leah herself is not using the bus, as her treatment requires her to stay at the hospital, the teenager and her family are keen to help organisers of the Run for the Bus events staged by Glenflesk ag Rith in aid of Kerry/Cork Health Link Bus.

The first Run for the Bus event is a 5k family fun run which takes place at Glenflesk GAA pitch on Sunday, January 29. The suggested donation is €10 per adult and €5 per child, or €20 per family (two adults and two children).

The run takes placed for 12 noon until 2.30pm and spot prizes, music and refreshments will be available. “Everyone is welcome and we would greatly appreciate your support,” said organiser Niamh O’Connor of Glenflesk ag Rith.

“Following this the Glenflesk ag Rith members will aim complete a 10k run, a half marathon and all going well the final event is the Dublin marathon next October. The Kerry/Cork health link bus takes cancer patients to and from Cork five days a week to receive treatment and follow-up appointments,” said Niamh. “Funding comes entirely from sponsorship and fundraising events. No Government or HSE funding is received.”

Above: Leah and Breda Lynch pictured at Cork University Hospital this week.

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