All aboard for Conor: Big machinery comes out to help Kilkenny boy with big smile
By COLIN BARTLEY
A KILKENNY community is pulling together by bringing out the big machinery to try and grow funds for a local boy’s battle with cancer.
Five-year-old Conor Parr from Clough, near Castlecomer was diagnosed with cancer in March this year. While Conor undergoes his daily chemotherapy, the people of Clough and further afield have come together to join Conor in his battle by doing everything they can to support the brave, fun-loving boy.
This Sunday, the village of Clough is putting on a tractor and truck run called “Convoy for Conor” to raise funds to assist in the cost of his cancer treatment.
Earlier this year Conor’s parents Trevor and Jane noticed something was not quite right with their son, as only parents do. Conor was losing weight and picking up bruises from the slightest of touches.
After being referred to St Luke’s in Kilkenny, Conor was transferred to Our Lady’s Hospital Children’s Hospital in Crumlin where the diagnosis was confirmed – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Conor has spent the last six months undergoing intensive chemotherapy in the National Children’s Hospital and now faces into a further two and half years chemo treatment, a lot of which will have to be administered at home.
Conor is taking it all in his stride and even started primary school this month and like every child at this age is annoyed when he can’t attend to play with his friends as he has to be absent to get treatment.
People far and wide have been getting involved in what has culminated in the “Convoy for Conor,” a tractor and truck run happening in Clough this Sunday at 2pm.
Donations of prizes from signed Kilkenny jerseys to farming equipment and workwear, toys, paintings, beauty and care products, imitation farm machinery and even a €4,000 automatic lawnmower have been donated to raffle run in conjunction with the tractor and truck run. While the local community in Clough has been busy organising the day of which all are welcome.
A GO FUND ME page was set up earlier this year and so far has raised €14,000 to help with Conor’s treatment. This Sunday’s amazing community event hopes to raise even more for the boy who just keeps smiling.
For more information on the ‘Convoy for Conor’ visit the Facebook page – All Aboard for Conor, or if you would like to donate go to: https://ie.gofundme.com/f/ 1n0zze6b6o