Funds for MS patient raised by Strictly Speaking Event in Athy

To help Paul Sheridan get to Russia for treatment

Paula Campbell

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Funds for MS patient raised by Strictly Speaking Event in Athy

Paul Sheridan and his mother Geraldine

The Athy Speakers were delighted to present a much needed cheque of €3,000 to Paul Sheridan who is battling with Multiple Sclerosis to go and get treatment in Russia.

The money raised will help Paul to get to Russia in June, to help with an important transplantation procedure.

Paul’s battle began back in the autumn of 2009 when he was diagnosed with having the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  MS attacks the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves in the brain and spinal cord which can result in different symptoms like loss of balance and muscle use to name a few.

Paul’s has taken the brave decision to receive Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) which may halt the progression of this disease and in some cases improve symptoms. This treatment is not available in Ireland and Paul will be travelling to Russia on June, 5, 2019 to get this treatment.

“It’s amazing, all the work that you have done for me and you don’t really know me. I want to thank you all very much” said Paul when he was presented his cheque at the Athy Toastmasters meeting recently.

The Athy Speakers in association with Athy Toastmasters and Athy Lions Club and sponsored by Kildare County Council helped towards the fundraiser event again this year.

The organisers of the event, Athy Speakers are Deirdre Walsh, Johann Callaghan, Bridie Corrigan, David Clinton, Sean O Mahony and Brendan O Rourke.

Paul Sheridan and his mother Geraldine, helped to organise the raffle on the night.

“It was a great night and it was all for a very good cause.” Said Maggie Owens, orgainser of the Strictly Speaking event in Athy.

More information about Paul’s journey can be found on GoFundMe Campaign https://www.gofundme.com/66mm4dk or on his facebook page.

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