A shining light for organ donation: Tara Madigan and her dad Sean, Castleconnell, with Ireland’s Fittest Family Keith, Dearbháile, Jonathan and Michael Beirne
TARA Madigan already comes from a sporting family – the Mackeys - but she linked up with Ireland’s Fittest Family to launch Irish Kidney Association’s Run for Life.
Tara, age 11, who underwent a liver transplant in 2012, was delighted to attend the photocall with her father Sean and to meet her heroes – the Beirnes. The Leitrim family won the coveted title of Ireland’s Fittest Family and are eager to support the fun run, as it represents a cause close to their hearts, in aiming to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and transplantation.
It takes place at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, at noon on Saturday, May 19. It is open to all as you can choose to walk, jog or run in the chip-timed event, which offers prizes for winners in a choice of 2.5km, 5km and 10km distances.
Tara was accompanied to the launch by her dad Sean. The family is completed by mum Anne and two more girls Érin and Éle.
“It was an opportunity that Tara couldn’t miss. Not only are we very supportive of anything associated with organ donation but Tara is a huge fan of Ireland’s Fittest Family on TV so it was like the perfect storm,” said her proud dad. They hope to take part on Saturday but they may have to miss it due to sporting obligations.
“Tara is currently on Ahane camogie U-12s and U-14s, Ahane football U-12s and Castleconnell Community Games U-13 football so most of our spare time is spent, gladly, at the side of some pitch somewhere in the county,” said Sean.
If that isn’t enough Tara – whose legendary great grandfather was Mick Mackey - is plotting the defence of her British Transplant Games titles - 3km, 50m sprint and long jump.
“We think that Tara’s story and how she is living life can give hope to kids/patients waiting for transplant or after transplant by showing how normal and active a life is possible after a successful transplant. We are hugely grateful to Tara’s donor and she is in our thoughts pretty much every day. It is because of this that we will, whenever possible, be available to help raise awareness for organ donation,” said Sean.
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