Na­tional hon­our for Joe McDon­nell

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

TER­MON­FECKIN hero Joe McDon­nell (12) has been honoured for his courage.

The Woman’s Way & Phar­ma­ton Chil­dren’s Awards win­ners were an­nounced at a spe­cial lunch at The Hive in Air­field Es­tate last week and Joe was a pop­u­lar win­ner.

The awards were sup­ported by Phar­ma­ton to find Ire­land’s bravest and most coura­geous chil­dren. Each win­ner walked away with a lux­ury goodie bag worth at least €500.

Hun­dreds of nom­i­na­tions were sub­mit­ted by par­ents, rel­a­tives, friends, teach­ers and com­mu­ni­ties from all over Ire­land.

Joe won his award for Over­com­ing Ad­ver­sity and he truly is an in­spi­ra­tion for so many peo­ple.

He has bat­tled through more than most adults.

He was di­ag­nosed with spina bi­fida and hy­dro­cephalus as a baby and has no power from his waist down as well as a shunt in his head.

Last sum­mer, he had spinal fu­sion surgery be­cause of sco­l­io­sis. Fast for­ward to this March and upon con­tract­ing sep­sis, his metal rods had to be re­moved, lead­ing to six trips to theatre. Fur­ther surgery was needed when the fam­ily were on hol­i­day this June.

A keen Boc­cia player, Joe is in­volved in Spe­cial Olympics and has won Player of the Year and Most Im­proved Player for his role in the sport.

Award win­ner, Joe McDon­nell from Ter­mon­feckin.

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