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Poignant run in Carrickmore after life-saving rescue

RUNNERS in tomorrow (Friday) night’s Carrickmore 5K will have an extra special reason to aim for a personal best.

The popular fun run and walk gets underway at 7pm and is this year being held in aid of the Cormac Trust.

It’s a charity which is particularly close to the hearts of all those associated with the Naomh Colmcille club following recent events.

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Four weeks ago, local man and former footballer, Sean Gormley, collapsed at the Tyrone league game between his club and Ardboe.

A former All-Ireland Minor medal winner with the county in 1973, Mr Gormley (63) is the father of Tyrone GAA legend and three time All-Ireland winner, Conor.

His life was saved with the aid of a defibrillator and now the club wants to lend its support to the Cormac Trust, which raises awareness of sudden cardiac death in the young by providing widespread information and guidance to families, sports clubs, community groups, schools and individuals.

“It’s very appropriate that the voluntary donations from the event this year will be going towards the work of the Cormac Trust,” said club chairman, Padraig McCallan.

“We will always be thankful that the defibrillator was available when Sean (Gormley) collapsed. What happened on that night emphasises the importance of ensure that defibrillators are located in local sports clubs areas and that there are people training in their use.

“By raising money through this run, we will hopefully play some small part in raising the profile and helping the good work being completed by the Cormac Trust.”

The Cormac Trust named in memory of the late Tyrone captain Cormac McAnallen and has provided a legacy in helping to save so many lives in the 14 years since his sudden death.

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The trust are continually working with a network of families, patients, doctors, nurses and cardiologists throughout Ireland who are concerned with SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome or Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome).

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