Para-cy­clist Jerry clocks up €14k for cancer boy

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY AOIFE NIC ARDGHAIL

Jerry Towey PARA-CY­CLING star Jerry Towey has smashed a mam­moth five-hour on­the-spot bike ride to raise €14,000 for a school­boy bat­tling leukaemia.

The for­mer all-ire­land sport­ing hero teamed up with lo­cal busi­nesses for the June event which saw him ped­dle 176km for 12-year-old Keith Gal­lagher from Roscom­mon.

He said: “All the monies raised will be used to re­lieve the stress of travel and in­creased ex­penses in­curred dur­ing the bat­tle Keith faces.

“It’s been great to have a num­ber of peo­ple be­hind me on this jour­ney work­ing away in the back­ground, whether it’s been col­lect­ing the cards, man­ning col­lec­tion buck­ets, ne­go­ti­at­ing prizes, mak­ing sand­wiches or man­ag­ing the on­line side of things.”

The in­tense cy­cle ride was fol­lowed by a so­cial event at Duffy’s Four Way, where Mr Towey and spe­cial guests pro­vided the en­ter­tain­ment.

He re­vealed he and other mem­bers of the Keith Gal­lagher Fund com­mit­tee will be talk­ing to med­i­cal ex­perts about un­der­stand­ing the fam­ily’s needs in a sen­si­tive way.

One mem­ber added: “It has been amaz­ing the way the com­mu­nity has ral­lied around. We hope Keith and his fam­ily will draw strength from this.”


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