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Longford businesses urged to take part in ‘Wear Orange Day’

Gardening expert Dermot O'Neill and Regina Bushell, Grovelands Childcare with twins George and Issac and their Mum Paula Naughton at the launch of Grovelands Childcare's new Children's Garden.

Gardening expert Dermot O'Neill and Regina Bushell, Grovelands Childcare with twins George and Issac and their Mum Paula Naughton at the launch of Grovelands Childcare's new Children's Garden.

Grovelands Childcare, Athlone is calling on Longford childcare services and businesses to join them in ‘Wear Orange Day’ on Thursday, May 1 in aid of the ‘Join Our Boys’ Trust.

‘Join our Boys’ is a fundraising and awareness campaign established by Roscommon-based parents Paula and Padraic Naughton to support their three young sons, Archie (8) and twins George and Issac (3), who have all been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive neuromuscular disease that destroys muscle tissue and is currently 100 percent fatal. It almost exclusively affects boys, causing them to be wheelchair bound, usually between eight and twelve years of age and leaves them fighting for their lives by their late teens to early twenties.

May 1 will mark the twins’ fourth birthday and childcare services and businesses are asked to wear the boys’ favourite colour and raise funds to support the family.

Regina Bushell, Managing Director, Grovelands Childcare said, “Paula spoke recently about how she and Padraic planted an oak tree for each of the boys when they were born. Their dream was to watch the boys grow alongside those beautiful trees in their garden. This devastating diagnosis makes their dream much more difficult to achieve. But we can all help to support the Naughton family to, as Paula says, ‘keep marching’. Please join us and support Wear Orange Day.”

Money raised through ‘Wear Orange Day’ will go directly to the ‘Join Our Boys’ Trust to support the boys in the challenges that lie ahead. The first aim is to build a purpose designed house for the boys to cater for their needs as their health declines.

It is also hoped that research, which requires significant funds, may uncover a cure for this fatal condition.

For more information and to donate funds raised visit: www.joinourboys.org

 

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