There was a great sense of community spirit in Slowey’s Bar, Legan on Saturday, July 25, as crowds gathered to support the Doherty family as they raised funds for a place close to their hearts.
€3,084 was raised on the night for St John’s Ward, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin, where 14-year-old Legan native Chloe Doherty underwent treatment for a brain tumour this year.
In February, Chloe, daughter of Caroline and Aidan, was diagnosed with a Germinoma, a type of brain tumour, after her vision deteriorated earlier in the year.
At first, when glasses didn’t fix the issue, Chloe was sent to the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin. They attended the hospital on a Sunday and were sent to Crumlin Children’s Hospital for an MRI scan on Monday. The next day, the family received the diagnosis and were referred to Beaumont hospital where a biopsy was carried out.
On March 10, Chloe started her four cycles of chemotherapy in St John’s Ward, which is a dedicated ward for children with cancer.
Chloe spoke very highly of the hospital, stating that the nurses (both in Crumlin and Beaumont) were very friendly.
Caroline pointed out that all in Crumlin were “very much trying to keep it as natural as possible” for the patients. Chloe also added that she was kept entertained when she had to stay thanks to the staff, who showed her a playroom and often supplied her with things to do including loom band kits and jigsaws.
Happily, the treatment was a huge success, and Chloe only had to undergo three weeks of radiation treatment at St Luke’s.
“We got the prognosis we were hoping for,” Caroline beamed. “We were happy out at that stage!”
As of the end of June, Chloe is finished with her treatment and to give back to the hospital, the family decided to organise a fundraiser, led by Chloe’s uncle Mick. The event was held in Slowey’s in Legan.
Donations were made throughout the night and attendees enjoyed a delicious barbeque. Though they had only publicised it less than two weeks in advance, it was very well attended.
“It was lovely that the Parish rallied and got together,” Caroline added. “Everyone just showed up and we really appreciated it.”
Now, though she will still attend hospital for various appointments, Chloe is doing well and is very much looking forward to returning to Ballymahon Vocational School this Autumn to start third year.
“I really can’t wait,” she smiled.