Pla­cen­tia ral­lies around boy

Five-year-old faces sec­ond can­cer di­ag­no­sis

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

A heart­break­ing turn of events for a fam­ily from the Pla­cen­tia area has in­spired lo­cal res­i­dents to find ways to help out.

Con­nor McGrath, five, was di­ag­nosed with leukemia in July 2013. He was even­tu­ally con­sid­ered can­cer free, but doc­tors iden­ti­fied a re­cur­rence late last month.

His fam­ily lives in Ed­mon­ton, and Con­nor will have to spend three months in a Cal­gary hos­pi­tal to un­dergo treat­ment.

“It’s costly for some­one to stay there with the ho­tels and ev­ery­thing else,” Mat­tie Fo­ley told The Compass.

Fo­ley is among those back home in the Pla­cen­tia area find­ing ways to help Con­nor’s fam­ily. Fo­ley’s sis­ter is a close friend of Con­nor’s mother, and un­der­stand­ing how dif­fi­cult the fam­ily’s sit­u­a­tion is, Fo­ley de­cided to col­lect pledges for a run he’ll make in the boy’s hon­our.

“I de­cided to just get on board and see what I can do.”

On June 21, Fo­ley will run 42 kilo­me­tres from Whit­bourne to Dunville. That same day, a char­ity game of bingo will be held at the Fresh­wa­ter Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to aid Con­nor’s fam­ily. That event starts at 2 p.m. A 50-50-ticket draw will also be held.

Fo­ley works at the lo­cal Sobeys su­per­mar­ket and has re­ceived a lot of sup­port from co-work­ers and other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. Last fall, he helped or­ga­nize a walk to aid Derm Mooney, a work col­league who was bat­tling can­cer. That en­deavor raised over $20,000.

Af­ter only a few days col­lect­ing pledges for Con­nor, Fo­ley man­aged to pass the $1,000 mark.

An on­line cam­paign to help Con­nor was also launched at you­car­ing.com. As of last Fri­day, over $12,500 was raised, with a goal of $15,000 well within reach.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Five-year-old Con­nor McGrath is in the midst of his sec­ond battle with can­cer.

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