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CMRF Crumlin  The principal fundraising body for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, #Crumlin and The National Children's Research Centre

A massive €54,000 has been raised by INTO for CMRF Crumlin to help some of Ireland’s sickest children. The outstanding charity efforts will support paediatric medical research and over 150,000 children who visit Crumlin hospital each year.
“INTO are delighted and very proud to once again support CMRF through their annual members’ raffle.” Joe Killeen, President of INTO, said. “Thank you to our members for their generosity in raising €54,000 in the 2018 raffle. It will benefit thousands of children all over Ireland in their most vulnerable sick moments, and their parents through periods of strain and worry. The proceeds from the 2018 INTO members’ draw will be used to fund an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research project.”
IBD is a term used for two chronic relapsing conditions, ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CB). Unfortunately, childhood IBD is on the rise with a tripling of cases in the past ten years in Ireland. Current treatment strategies are ineffective in a large number of children, so further research is vital. #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance #CMRFCrumlin #HeroFundraisers

“We spent a year in Crumlin Hospital with our child and the following year we wanted to raise money for the hospital. So in 2012 I got in touch with CMRF to get a performance permit, called a few of my friends and we raised about €2k busking on the street. We got a real buzz out of performing and engaging with the public while raising vital funds for such an amazing charity. The year after that, the busking festival took off and became a three day event for the community. The newly formed Clonmel Busking Festival Committee for 2018 allow one charity to collect at the festival and CMRF Crumlin is the chosen charity for the festival this year.
We just want people to show up and enjoy the music and activities. We’re really encouraging families to come and check it out. If you’re a musician you should bring your instrument and get involved. It’s going to be an excellent weekend.”
- Eelco Beckers, The Clonmel Busking Festival, August 9th-12th.
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The incredible Hockey World Cup silver medallists came to visit Our Lady's Children's Hospital! They made the day brighter for so many sick children. Thank you for visiting ladies! #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance #HWC2018

As part of Aoibheann’s Chief Scout award, herself and fellow beaver Niamh organised a sponsored hike to raise money for sick children in Crumlin Hospital. The whole Scout group (14th Louth Scout Group) worked so hard to make the hike a huge success and raised an incredible €1,400!! Thank you to all the scouts for your amazing support. What a wonderful team!! #HeroFundraisers #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance #CMRFCrumlin

A huge thank you to the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown who raised an incredible €10k to help some of Ireland's sickest children. #HeroFundraisers #CMRFCrumlin #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance @clubvitae13

The incredible support we receive from the Dalata Hotel Group is clear in this brilliant photo taken after their Carrauntoohil hike on Saturday 28th July. 10 hotels and head office took part with an amazing 60 people in total climbing. “I work in the accounts office in Maldron Shandon for the last 10 years and this is my second year as Crumlin ambassador. I got involved with raising funds for CMRF Crumlin as my nieces daughter, Mia, was born with a hole in her heart and she spent a lot of time in Crumlin hospital as a baby. The care she received there was amazing. “Doing an event as part of a bigger group is inspiring, and it’s great to finally meet people that you work with but might only communicate with by e-mail or over the phone. “Learning about all the work CMRF do for children is definitely the driving force for all of us in organising and participating in these events,” Abina Manning, Accounts, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City.
Dalata Hotel Group are funding a substantive piece of research work into Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the nervous system that primarily affects children aged 5 and younger and is responsible for approximately 15% of childhood cancer deaths. Dalata Hotel Group and all their staff are committed to this project and understand the great need for funding research. #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance @clubvitae13 #CMRFCrumlin

This summer accept our challenge to bring brighter days to Ireland’s sick children. Sign up today & your monthly gift of €15 or more will be DOUBLED by Dalata Hotel Group! Do you accept the challenge?
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Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin tag team, appropriately named Scrumlin, just finished their 9 week summer league. Why not arrange a tag rugby tournament in aid of CMRF and help raise vital funds for sick children 🏉 #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance #CMRFCrumlin

“When she was about 10 weeks old we noticed that Shauna kept her head lowered down, her eyes were watering and she lost her appetite. We took her to a GP thinking it might be allergies because it was summer, but we were told to go to Cavan General where she was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma in both eyes. This means that raised pressure can damage the optic nerve in the eye and cause loss of vision or even blindness. It was an awful shock for both of us. We were referred to the ophthalmology department in Crumlin Hospital and she was in the care of Mr Brosnahan. Shauna had surgery on both her eyes when she was just 12 weeks old. We were so lucky her eyes stabilised after that surgery. "After three years the pressure in her eyes began to rise again. Mr Brosnahan had to do more surgery and it was successful. Her eyes stabilised again, but she’s also on drops now. We go up to Crumlin every three months to monitor the eye pressure. After Crumlin she will still be monitored when she’s older in an adult hospital. Shauna is 12 years old now and her eyesight is perfect. We got her to the hospital just in time as a baby and caught the disease before there was damage to her optic nerve. I can’t believe how lucky we were.

Shauna has just finished primary school and is looking forward to starting secondary in September. She’s sharp, intelligent, she’s performing in all her sports, she’s heavily involved in the GAA and gifted musically. There’s nothing holding her back. Her eye condition was devastating news for us but she has shown so much maturity through all her operations, from a very young age. She’s had so many general anaesthetics in her young life too which was tough, but she’s been so good. They call glaucoma the ‘silent thief of eyesight’ because there are no symptoms, pain or red lights flashing to tell you something’s wrong. Sometimes when it’s diagnosed the damage is already done. We got all the help we needed in Crumlin to make sure that Shauna’s eyesight was saved, and now the hospital monitor her too, which is a huge relief to us. - Ashley Morris, Shauna’s dad, 24th July 2018
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Pauric completed a Mizen Head to Malin Head cycle in just over 22 hours! He raised a remarkable €2,265 for some of Ireland's sickest children. Amazing effort! 🚴🏽#EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance

“My son Aaron was diagnosed with ALL leukaemia in July 2017. He was 10 years old and he worried about losing his hair during his treatment. His football team, Collinstown FC, made sure that Aaron knew he had their full support. All the kids on his team shaved their heads with him so that he wouldn’t have to do it alone and they raised money for CMRF Crumlin. Watching Aaron battling leukaemia was horrible on all the family, but the weight of the illness was always outweighed by people’s kindness. People around us were so good.
The football team arranged a blitz where they raised more money for CMRF too. They also sent Aaron to a Chelsea and Spurs game in London. He’s been playing for the club for about five years and Ken and Lyndsey Flood were responsible for organising the fundraisers for CMRF and have been so wonderfully supportive of Aaron. The club raised €6,160 for St John’s Ward, which was a huge achievement for everyone involved.
Aaron started the maintenance phase of his treatment. He’s getting back into a more normal routine now and going swimming too which is great. St John’s Ward is just brilliant. The staff there make everything as easy as they can for both the children and the parents. Aaron had foot massages and everything in there to make treatment easier on him. I think research and clinical trials are crucial in determining whether each child would need all the same treatments or whether we can tailor the treatments to the needs of an individual child.”
- Lisa Reid, July 2018
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The incredible Crumlin to Louisburgh Cycle team set off early this morning from Crumlin Hospital. They're travelling 280km in this miserable weather to raise funds for sick children. Please cheer them on if you see them! 🚴‍♀️ #EverySickChildDeservesEveryChance #CMRFCrumlin

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