TWO more fundraisers are taking place this weekend in aid of a brave young Dromore girl who is receiving treatment for a potentially life-threatening spinal condition.
A table quiz tonight (Friday) night, followed by a 5k/10k family run on Sunday morning, will both be aiming to raise vital funds for the family of three-year-old Maisie McQuaid, who has been diagnosed with idiopathic infantile scoliosis, a progressive curvature of the spine.
If left untreated, it can decrease life expectancy by deforming the chest wall, meaning that the lungs, heart and other organs could be crushed.
In order to get the treatment she needs to avoid having surgery, Maisie will be making frequent trips to the USA over the next two years. During her last visit to the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia last month, she had a new cast fitted and doctors said they were happy with the progress she was making.
To help her parents, Geraldine and Aidan, with the cost of travelling across the Atlantic, a table quiz will be taking place in O’Connor’s Bar and Restaurant in Dromore tonight, starting at 8pm. There will also be spot prizes and a raffle for hamper and goodies, all donated and supported by local businesses.
Then, the latest in a series of charity runs in aid of ‘Maisie’s Journey’ will be taking place in Omagh on Sunday.
Following on from his successful ‘Bronze’ event at the end of October, Damien Crowne, of Personal Health and Fitness at the Gortrush Industrial Estate, will be holding a ‘Silver’ run and walk, starting at 10am.
With the emphasis very much on family fun, participants are given the option of completing either a 5k or 10k route, and can run, jog or walk.
Everyone who takes part in the event will receive a commemorative silver medal.
Several hundred people took part in the first run, and Damien is hoping for an even bigger turnout this time around!
The cost is £5 for children and £15 for adults.
Meanwhile, the final ‘Gold’ event is taking place in the New Year.