A Ballymore Eustace mum-of-one’s world was turned upside down two years ago when she learned that her then ten-year-old had a brain tumour.
Gillian Smith was on holiday at the time with her son Dylan when they got the devastating news.
“It was a complete shock,” explained Gillian. “He had been feeling unwell with headaches and tummy aches and he was really sick on the plane due to the pressure of the flight. We landed in Chicago on a Wednesday and by Sunday he had the CCT scan.”
Dylan, who was visiting his father Pat at the time, ended up staying for radiation treatment for three months with Gillian before they could return home for chemotherapy at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin.
“It was very difficult being so far away from everyone but the whole of Ballymore sent us cards and were so supportive,” she added. “There was even a welcoming committee when we got back. Dylan kept us going.” Gillian saw a social media campaign for Light It Up Gold to support families affected by childhood cancer and decided to organise something similar for parents and children with childhood cancer. “We got such a good response and we got charitable status in June.”
A fund raiser for the foundation will be held in conjunction with The Curragh Racecourse Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday, September 14 to include a special appearance by the Star Wars Costuming Club.