30 friends and work colleagues of a County Donegal man who is currently battling cancer will this week embark on a 350-kilometre charity cycle along Ireland’s western seaboard to raise funds for Friend’s of St. Luke’s and Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust. ‘Tour for Shaun 2014’ is inspired by 26-year-old Shaun Doherty, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin-Lymphoma in 2011.
The charity cycle will see the group travel through counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, and Donegal during the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
Many of the cyclists participating in the fundraiser are based in London where Civil Engineer Shaun relocated to from his home village of Clonmany five years ago having graduated with a BSc Hons. in Construction Management from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. During a trip home to Donegal in August 2011, Shaun was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 24 and has been battling his way back to full health ever since.
The cyclists particpating in ‘Tour for Shaun 2014’ are Claire McCarron and Aine Daly (Buncrana, Donegal); Des Hanrahan (Tobercurry, Sligo); Declan Keane (Corofin, Clare); Eddie O’Dwyer, Ger Fennessy, Raymond O’Connell (Pallasgreen, Limerick); Conor Lawlor (Ballyclough, Limerick); Tommy O’Connell (Bruff, Limerick); Niall Brady (Trim, Meath); Barry Connolly, Liz Hastings, Padraic Benson (Moycullen, Galway); Allen Martyn, Barry Quinn, John Forde, Stephen Forde (Ballindereen, Galway); Robbie Quinn (Corcullen, Galway); Niall O’Grady (Woodford, Galway); Aoife McNamara (Portumna, Galway); Brian O’Donnell (Barna, Galway); Paddy Gilhooley (Athenry, Galway); Colm Griffin (Ahascragh, Galway); Daniel Connaughton (Roscommon); Patrick O’Connell (Dublin); Michael Cooper (Newmarket, UK); Mike Prosperino (Newcastle, UK); Brian Smith (Kent , UK); and Paul McCarthy (London, UK).
For more information on ‘Tour For Shaun 2014 or to make a donation visit the ‘Tour for Shaun’ fundraising page at www.mycharity.ie/charity/tourforshaun2014 or see the charity cycle Facebook Page or Twitter account.