Nichola Skeehan and James Doran are a family who have had their fair share of difficult times over the years.
A lovely family with two sons named Dylan and Sean, for the Doran’s life couldn’t be better. However, when their second son Sean, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in March 2014 their lives changed forever. The brave youngster underwent rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, blood transfusions, stem cell transplant and immunotherapy in a bid to fight the aggressive form of cancer.
Although the treatment had been thorough, in May 2015 he went into remission when a tumour was discovered near his eye and tests showed the cancer had spread to his eye and his bones.
Sean sadly passed away in February 2016 at the age of five and since then his family have worked tirelessly to raise thousands of euro for children’s charities in memory of their son, including the Make A Wish Foundation.
Speaking about their son Sean, mum Nicola said:
“We find every day without Seán very hard. We will never forget him. His big brother, Dylan, talks about him a lot and you can see how much he misses him. Our little Rainbow Baby, Mikey will know everything about his brother Seán as he grows up,”
Their youngest son Mikey, a happy and bouncy baby, was born in December 2017. However when he was ten weeks old his family received the shocking news that their youngest son was battling leukemia and would need to start chemotherapy treatment immediately.
After leaving ICU, Mikey is currently going through chemotherapy. In order to raise vital funds for the Doran family which helps with living and day-to-day costs such as travel, accommodation, food and supplies, Peter and Sean are taking part in the Race Around Ireland.
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Catherine and John Gleeson were awarded the national Irish Red Cross Carers of the Year in 2017, when you hear their story it is easy to see why.
It was early summer 2014 and Catherine and John Gleeson, who live near Thurles with their three daughters, lived a normal life. Until the August of that same year, when their youngest daughter, Helen’s, health appeared to be deteriorating before their eyes to the point the child could no longer crawl. Helen was found to have a large tumour on her spinal cord which was effectively paralysing her.
After several life threatening operations and rounds of chemotherapy, Helen went into remission. However, she still needed to learn to walk again- a long and time consuming journey.
Catherine explains how “normal family life changed hugely. There’s never time for yourself and you always put the adults furthest down the list because if you have any spare time, you’re trying to pump it into the other children because you feel you’ve been torn and gone away to hospital so much.”
Their son, Sean, arrived four months after Helen’s cancer diagnosis and with no inclination that anything was wrong up until he developed a bad cough and wouldn’t feed. Whilst taking Helen down to their local hospital for a check up, Catherine had a doctor check over Sean. The doctor’s quickly realised they couldn’t control Sean’s heart rate and was transferred to Crumlin where they confirmed he was in severe heart failure. Sean battled on, spending quite a while in the ICU, and then in the heart centre, in time his heart slowly began to repair.
However, in November 2016, their son was diagnosed with another serious, chronic, medical condition called Doose Syndrome. This condition affects the brain and means that Sean can have epileptic fits at any point, usually occurring several times daily. It has been very difficult to treat and he requires round-the-clock care and supervision.
John and Catherine still provide 24/7 care for their son and many have commented they have never heard them complain. For the Gleeson’s it is a tireless effort to hopefully one day see their children well again.
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