A HUGE crowd turned out at the Carlton Abbey Hotel last Thursday, June 9 to pay tribute to a brave ten-year old Athy girl who lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis two years ago. Her loving family launched a book titled “Frogs of a different Nature” which was written in Gillian’s Dempsey’s own words when she was eight. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Make a Wish Foundation and Crumlin Hospital CF unit.
Her father Joe said when Gillian was first diagnosed, she couldn’t pronounce Cystic Fibrosis so instead she called it 65 Roses. He praised Gillian’s best friend, Clodagh Mulhall who wrote a piece for the book as did Gilian’s sister, Lauren. He also thanked local photographer, Robert Redmond and publisher Gerry Kelly for their help.
Joe told of how Gillian came to write the story when her teacher came into the hospital and asked her to write a piece for National Book Week. One of the topics was Frogs, and Gillian decided to write about coughing up flem or frogs from her lungs, because that is what her physiotherapist used to call them. Alva Sharpe from the Make a Wish Foundation spoke about the day they made Gillian’s wish come true when she became a princess for a day. The book is E10 and is available from Winkles and The Gem in Athy.