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Pilot to fly around coast for cancer research 01.04.15

A PILOT whose daughter is fighting brain cancer is to fly over 1,600km around the coast of Ireland stopping in Co Donegal to raise money for research into the disease.
Light-aircraft instructor Raphael O'Carroll said cancer "invaded" his family when his daughter Christine was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013.
The 29-year old pharmacist has undergone surgery and radiotherapy and continues to receive chemotherapy in her battle against the illness.
"We have all painfully watched the pivotal people in our lives, some crumbling before our very eyes, others against all odds fighting tooth and nail to desperately hang onto the grasps of life. Nobody welcomes this devastating disease into their lives," said Mr O'Carroll.
Raphael and Christine O'Carroll pictured beside Raphael's C42 light aircraft.
The 62 year old owns and runs Kernan Aviation in Tandragee, Co Armagh, from where he has trained some 70 amateur light-aircraft pilots from all over Ireland.
He has organised a 'Flight of Hope' in aid of the Irish Cancer Society; Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Brain Tumour Charity.
The four-day challenge will take off on April 3 when eight aircraft from Kernan Valley Flying Club fly clockwise around the Irish coast.
The aviators will stop off at 13 airfields including Carrickbrack, Co Donegal. They will clock up more than 18 hours of flying time and will have three overnights stays en route.
Manchester-based Christine hopes to fly with her father in his C42 light aircraft for part of the journey, her health permitting. More information www.justgiving.com/teams/KVFC .
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