As they continue preparations for next weekend’s fund-raising commemoration for the young baby girl they lost to a rare illness last year, Johnny Moore and Gillian Devenney have expressed their gratitude for the level of support they have received from the community at large in advance of Megan’s Day.
“Megan has obviously touched a lot of people and the fact that so many are rowing in behind us underlines this,” said Johnny. “We have just been amazed at the amount of support from so many different people,” added Gillian.
Diagnosed with a condition known as Chromosome Ring 18 - there have only been seventy reported cases in the world - Megan was just eighteen days old when she succumbed to the illness at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin on October 14th last. As they grieved their loss, the young Newtowncunningham parents decided to embark on a fund-raising event both as a token of appreciation for the ongoing work at the Children’s Hospital and as a way of keeping Megan’s memory alive
It’s a memory the couple will always have but the events at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny over the coming weekend will ensure she won’t be forgotten by the wider community either.
Megan’s Run on Saturday will feature up to 200 motorbikes taking part in a tour of Donegal and the North Antrim coast. Then on Sunday, Megan’s Day will open up a whole variety of family orientated events including stunt bike rides, bouncy castles, magicians and musicians along with an emotional balloon release where the names of lost loved ones will be involved.
Two large screens in the hotel will relay live coverage of the Republic of Ireland/Croatia match in the European Championships.
See further coverage of Megan’s Day in Thursday’s Donegal Democrat.