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Charity run to remember Lough woman’s ‘zest for life’

THE family of Loughmacrory woman Kathleen Coyle are hosting a community fundraising event in her memory next weekend. Kathleen passed away in April after bravely battling endocarditis – an infection of her heart valves – for five weeks.

The exceptional care she received from staff at the South West Acute Hospital during this time is something her family say they will never forget.

Before she passed, Kathleen had urged them to do something to acknowledge, and in some way repay, the immense kindness and care afforded to her by the staff on the coronary ward.

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So next Saturday (September 21), the family are holding a five-mile run/walk in Kathleen’s memory with all proceeds in aid of SWAH Coronary Care Ward and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Kathleen’s daughter Shauna said the event is the perfect way to commemorate her mother’s “great energy and positivity”.

“I think anyone who knew mum, or who came in contact with her, would agree that she had an incredible zest for life,” said Shauna.

“No matter what obstacles were put in her way, she always looked on the positive and tried to make the best of the situation. The immense battle which she put up in her final weeks was testament to that.”

Shauna added, “We would love to see as many people as possible there on the day, not only in memory of mum but for the benefit of the many people who have, and will, avail of the Coronary Care and Macmillan palliative services in our local area.”

Leaving Loughmacrory lough at 12 noon, participants will complete a five mile walk/run around the village, passing Kathleen’s home, or they can opt for a leisurely 1.2 mile lap of the picturesque lake.

Everyone is then invited along to Loughmacrory clubrooms as part of Macmillan’s annual Big Coffee Morning.

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• Donations can be made on the day or by visiting the Just Giving on www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kathleencoyle

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