MUNSTER and Irish rugby hero Paul O’Connell has helped relaunch a book written by an 11-year-old girl who sadly lost her battle with cancer in August.
At the weekend Paul met up again with the family of Becky Macauley from Raheen and relaunched her book The Little Girl with the Big Headache at O’Mahony’s book store.
Paul has taken a very keen interest in the story of Becky since he presented her with a T-shirt earlier in the year.
The book tells the story of Becky’s treatment in three different hospitals. She was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2011 and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. Sadly she lost her fight for life this summer
During her time in Beaumont, St Luke’s and Crumlin children’s hospitals in Dublin, she kept a diary, which has now been republished.
“My book is called The little Girl with the Big Headache, and it’s about the time I spent in the three hospitals in Dublin,” Becky explained at the time.
The fourth class student described writing the book as being “more fun” than schoolwork, and said she was already planning her next book
Paul O’Connell joined Becky’s parents, Mike and Mary, and her sister Rachel (15) in relaunching the book at O’Mahonys Book Store at the weekend.
Proceeds from the book sales go to cancer research through the Children’s Ark Project’s Paediatric Oncology Fund at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle.
“Speaking at the launch event, Paul O’Connell paid tribute to Becky’s courage and determination during her year-long battle with illness. “This book, written in Becky’s own words, illustrates the tremendous courage that she showed during her treatment for cancer. I was privileged to have got to know Becky during this time,” the Munster star added.
In June of this year, Becky was accompanied by her family at a civic reception from Limerick County Council in honour of her achievements and bravery.
Becky’s father Mike said: “We are honoured that Paul has obliged us for this event.This helps keep Becky’s memory alive and support a great charity which is helping families who unfortunately find themselves in the same situation.
“Paul had presented Becky personally with a Boston Celtics T-shirt back in May when she was a member of Limerick Celtics basketball club. Becky had been a huge fan of Paul O’Connell.”
All copies of the first print run have completely sold out.