Che­lene’s wish of a trip of a life­time for fam­ily

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Fiona MAGENNIS

LO­CAL Mother Che­lene Mo­han (45) is fundrais­ing for a trip of a life­time to make mem­o­ries with her fam­ily af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis of sec­ondary breast cancer.

Che­lene moved many to tears last year when she spoke mov­ingly on Ryan Tubridy’s show about the sud­den death of her five year old daugh­ter Ni­amh and her sub­se­quent di­ag­no­sis with breast cancer in 2012.

Last Jan­uary, Che­lene spoke to Ryan Tubridy about how much a let­ter to her from the class­room as­sis­tant who had been with Ni­amh in her fi­nal hours had meant to her as it out­lined ev­ery­thing that hap­pened on the fate­ful day in 2004. On the show, Che­lene also re­vealed she had faced her own bat­tled with breast cancer in 2012 but had beaten the dis­ease.

How­ever, Che­lene has now re­vealed that she has been di­ag­nosed with sec­ondary breast cancer in her chest cav­ity, bones and liver.

On her Go Fund Me Page Che­lene said while re­cov­er­ing from her ini­tial breast cancer she made a res­o­lu­tion to start camp­ing with her fam­ily, which she stuck to.

She now wants to raise enough money to travel with her two daugh­ters aged 21 and 19 and her two sons aged 14 and eight, around Ire­land in a camper­van to cre­ate ‘ happy child­hood and fam­ily mem­o­ries’.

‘I want to cre­ate even more happy child­hood and fam­ily mem­o­ries and take time to talk, play card games, light fires, tv, no com­put­ers and just let our bod­ies go with na­ture and en­joy a very spe­cial sum­mer as a fam­ily,’ said Che­lene.

Ni­amh had started pri­mary school just two days be­fore she passed away af­ter tak­ing a turn in her class­room in Clogher­head in 2004.

Speak­ing on the show last Jan­uary, Che­lene de­scribed Ni­amh, who had med­i­cal is­sues from birth lead­ing to bleeds on the brain, was ‘de­ter­mined and happy’ and would al­ways fight her way for­ward af­ter each set­back.

CHE­LENE’S fam­ily camper­van dream is to spend qual­ity time with her fam­ily and she is cur­rently in treat­ment con­sist­ing of chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy to ‘ help hold back the tide of cancer in my body. It’s not cur­able, but man­agable,’ said Che­lene.

‘Our fam­ily dream is to travel this sum­mer, while I’m rea­son­ably well, with the chil­dren, around Ire­land in a camper­van as I couldn’t phys­i­cally man­age camp­ing now. (Just big enough to take the 6 of us to­gether, I know a big ask),’ said the 45-year-old on her GoFundMe page.

‘ It’s so heart­break­ing for us all, yet I want to give my fam­ily hap­pi­ness and mem­o­ries to en­joy now and for the fu­ture to come....I would to see their faces light up if I can pull this gift to th­ese very spe­cial 5 peo­ple who fill my with so much love. They are my strength in ev­ery way, ev­ery day.’

The lo­cal Mum has so far raised €1,398 of her €7,000 goal.

To con­trib­ute to Che­lene’s cam­paign go to­lenes-fam­ily

Cha­lene Mo­han with Ryan Tubridy.

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