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'Walk for Kieran' set to capture hearts of the entire GAA family

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

One further chapter in a story that has touched the hearts of GAA players, officials and fans throughout the country will be scripted on Monday when the Aghada club in Cork hosts a 5km fundraising walk to help former Cork footballer Kieran O'Connor and his family as he battles a rare form of cancer.

A 39-year-old father of three, Kieran played senior football for Cork for seven years, winning an All-Ireland medal in 2010 when the side beat Down in the final, as well as two Munster championship medals.

A renowned battler on the field of play, he is now facing his biggest fight against a disease which has already seen him have his lower leg amputated.

The extent to which his plight touched the GAA fraternity has been highlighted by the fact that €275,000 was raised within a matter of days.

It was after he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2017 that Kieran underwent aggressive chemotherapy which preceded the amputation process.

On their GoFundMe page the Friends of Kieran group said: "Funds are needed to help Kieran with all aspects on further treatment and care, as well as potential prosthetic costs following his lower leg amputation and to help support his wife Sinead and their three young children."

An open invitation to participate in Monday's walk has been issued and GAA fans from near and far are expected to participate.

The walk will be along Rostellan People's Path in East Cork and Kieran hopes to attend.

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