Over 1,000 people came out in force to ‘Walk a Mile with Emily’ in Drumlish recently.
The event was held to raise awareness of Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), which local child Emily Kane was diagnosed with nearly two years ago and to raise some much needed funds. Over €6,000 has already been received and money towards this wonderful cause is still coming in.
Those suffering from LCH have too many histiocytes - a type of white blood cell that normally helps to fight infection. The histiocytes gather together in large numbers causing damage to healthy parts of the body.
And despite the fact that she travelled to Dublin the previous week for her chemo, Emily Kane joined in the fun and took part in the event in her honour.
“Huge crowds turned out on the day and we were delighted with the support,” Emily’s mother Teresa told the Leader.
Once the walk was completed, everyone gathered in the local community centre where they chatted and enjoyed refreshments that members of the community brought with them.
“I am really touched by all the support and we raised a lot of money on the day as well. I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and helped us in any way and thanks also to those who have made donations.”
Doctors say that Emily’s illness is curable but at the moment she is receiving chemo and is on steroids. Her mother also pointed out this week that Emily is responding well to treatment.”
Emily will be three years old next month.