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Maura and Emer enjoy tea at Áras an Uachtaráin 22.07.15

A CHILDHOOD cancer charity has had its work recognised by President Michael D Higgins during a visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.
Maura Toner from Inch Island and her daughter Emer, joined Virginia Murray from Letterkenny and her daughter Ciara at the President’s special summer garden party event. They were also joined by Alice Rennick and her mother Mary Claire from County Meath and Niamh Richard from Dublin with her mother Aine.
The volunteers are all founding members of Childhood Cancer Foundation whose overarching mission is to spread awareness of childhood cancer.
Volunteers and founding members of the Childhood Cancer Foundation pictured at the President’s Summer Garden Party were from left: Virginia Murray, Sabine Higgins, President Michael D Higgins, Ciara Murray, Niamh Richard, Emer Toner and Alice Rennick. Back row from left: Maura Toner, Aine Richard and Mary Claire Rennick.
Maura, whose 8-year-old daughter Emer is in remission from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, said it was a huge honour and boost for volunteers working with the charity to have their work recognised by The President.
“Childhood Cancer Foundation has only been in existence for a few years, so it is was a terrific boost to everyone involved to receive this invitation from President Higgins and his wife Sabina," she said.
"By spreading awareness of childhood cancer, the difficulties of treatment, the death of at least 20% of those affected and the long-term side effects faced by survivors, we hope to change attitudes towards childhood cancer.”
To that end, Maura explained that the four children, who are all cancer survivors, presented President and Mrs Higgins with gold awareness pins, the international symbol of childhood cancer awareness.
Childhood Cancer Foundation currently funds the salary of the play specialist on St John's Day Ward, Crumlin. It is also funding a medical research project into the benefits of complimentary therapies for children.
Childhood Cancer Foundation pins will be sold at various locations around Donegal in the coming weeks and details will be available on the charity’s facebook page www.facebook.com/lightitupgold .
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