Majella and Daniel O’Donnell lend support to Limerick cycle

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Liam Hayes and Juliette OConnell, organisers, being presented with a bike for their raffle by Paul Gammell, Kilmallock Cycles
MAJELLA O’Donnell, who captured the hearts of the nation when she spoke publicly about her breast cancer battle, has added her support to a charity event to be held in Herbertstown on Sunday, October 5.

MAJELLA O’Donnell, who captured the hearts of the nation when she spoke publicly about her breast cancer battle, has added her support to a charity event to be held in Herbertstown on Sunday, October 5.

Giving a Little Back, which will raise funds for the treatment of breast cancer, includes a 60km cycle, an 8km run and walk, and an 8km family walk/cycle.

There will also be a raffle, bouncy castle, barbecue, face painting and live music for all the family.

Mother-of-three Juliette O’Connell who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago will undertake the 60km cycle.

Juliette, 43, from Herbertstown, told her story last year in the hope that other women will be more conscious of possible breast cancer symptoms and seek advice if they have any concerns.

She was thrilled with Majella O’Donnell came on board to be an ambassador for the event.

“We travelled to meet her in Bewleys Hotel in Dublin. She was really supportive and so nice. She was very happy to be on board. We thought we would only be there for 15 minutes but we were there for nearly an hour and 15 minutes,” said Juliette who is enjoying good health and is in remission.

“Majella told us her story. She asked me about my illness. She spoke about the experience of losing her hair and why she shaved it off on national television - because she wanted to raise as much money to find a cure for breast cancer. Herself and Daniel [O’Donnell] sent down a beautiful video message - Daniel spoke as well - wishing us well”.

Juliette was fit and healthy and cycling up to 100km on a Sunday when she became slightly worried about her health after noticing a rash forming on her skin, particularly after she had exercised.

“I thought it was just from cycling because when I exercised it came out worse. I didn’t realise it was breast cancer.”

Juliette underwent all her treatment at Limerick University Hospital which she said, offered outstanding care.

“Everything was done in Limerick and I have to say they were outstanding in there. The care and attention was first class. It definitely is a centre of excellence,” she said.

Both Juliette who cycles with Southside Wheely Wheelers and her brother Liam Hayes came up with the idea for a fundraising cycle and walk in aid of breast cancer care which they entitled Giving a Little Back.

For further details on the fundraising event contact 087 6461214 or 087 1210191.