February 12, 2024 at 9:41 pm #198179mams.ieModerator
In November of 2022, the communities of Dromcollogher Broadford & Athea received the devastating news that our
beloved friend & colleague Carol Liston O’ Connor was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, a life limiting
condition and they are fundraising, through a Gofundme page, here is the link: https://gofund.me/bfe8a998
Carol, 42, is originally from Athea & has been living in Broadford for the past 15 years. Carol’s husband, Liam is a self-
employed plumber & their 5 children (Ellie-Mai (11), Molly (9), Liam-Óg (7), Mikie & Paddy (4) are grappling to come
to terms with the life changing diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease.
Before Carol’s diagnosis she was a very active member of the community. She was a secondary school teacher in
Desmond College (Newcastle West) where she is still held in the highest regard. Carol has given her whole life to
working with young people not just in the classroom but also on the GAA Field. She not only has played with Athea
ladies Football but she has also held many coaching and official positions in Athea & Dromcollogher Broadford GAA.
Carol, despite her diagnosis & challenges, is currently chairperson of Dromcollogher Broadford Coiste Na nÓg.
About Carol’s disease – MND
MND is the short term for motor neurone disease, which affects the nerves found in the brain and spinal cord,
essentially they help tell your muscles what to do. If you have MND, this means your muscles will weaken, stiffen
and waste, which then will affect how you will walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. MND is life-shortening and
there is no cure, but there are treatments which try and reduce the impact it has on a person’s daily life, but these
treatments are expensive and very often abroad.
For Carol & her family this disease has had an irrevocable impact on their day to day life. Carol now requires 24 hour
care & is a wheelchair user. Liam is unable to work full-time & is trying to manage Carol’s care & the care of their 5
children. The day to day running of a house and cost of rearing children remains the same. Their mortgage and billsstill have to be paid.
We are looking for help with raising money to enable Carol to avail of these treatments, to adapt her transport & home. We ask you to consider contributing to this campaign.
A gift from you today will aid Carol in availing of treatments/equipment and support her and her family to
live with MND and enable Carol, Liam and their children to enjoy their time together without financial worries.
Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
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