Cork man completes 600km race and raises €70k for hospital equipment

Cork man completes 600km race and raises €70k for hospital equipment
West Cork, Ireland. 4th Jul, 2020. Barry Sheehan, who lives in Cork, has ran 600 kms from Malin to Mizen Head in aid of the new children's unit "Cappagh Kids" of National Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, Dublin. Barry is pictured approaching the finish line with his wife, Jen and his children, Grace, Michael and Ciara. Picture: Andy Gibson

A CORK man has completed the mammoth task of running from Malin Head to Mizen Head to raise funds for the Cappagh Hospital Foundation.

Barry Sheehan set out on the 600km journey on Monday in order to raise funds to support the purchase of equipment for ‘Cappagh Kids’, the Department of Paediatric Orthopaedics at National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh (NOHC) such as exam tables for the clinic rooms, equipment for the physio room, a digital x-ray machine for theatre and therapy garden equipment.

He completed the run on Saturday and crossed the line with his family beside him after raising almost €75,000.

The charity is one which is close to the Cork man’s heart.

West Cork, Ireland. 4th Jul, 2020. Barry Sheehan, who lives in Cork, has ran 600 kms from Malin to Mizen Head in aid of the new children's unit "Cappagh Kids" of National Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, Dublin. Barry is pictured with his wife, Jen and his children, Grace, Michael and Ciara. Picture: Andy Gibson
West Cork, Ireland. 4th Jul, 2020. Barry Sheehan, who lives in Cork, has ran 600 kms from Malin to Mizen Head in aid of the new children's unit "Cappagh Kids" of National Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, Dublin. Barry is pictured with his wife, Jen and his children, Grace, Michael and Ciara. Picture: Andy Gibson

“In 2017, my son Michael was diagnosed with Osteofibrous Dysplasia in his left tibia and so began our journey with the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh," said Barry.

"Over time, without intervention Michael’s shin would break easily and was likely to deform. Surgery was the only option, if any, of fixing the bone. Over the past four years Michael has had countless surgeries and related treatments,” Mr Sheehan explained.

“Michael’s treatment and rehabilitation has taken place under the exceptional expertise and care of Mr Connor Green and his team. The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh (NOHC), is primarily an adult hospital, but with many children travelling from all over Ireland to avail of the unique orthopaedic specialist skills and equipment. I have seen first-hand how crucial child-friendly facilities are,” he added.

To support the run visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/runmalin2mizen-for-cappagh-kids

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