Cork resident walking 160km within 2km radius in honour of her late 'best friend'

Cork resident walking 160km within 2km radius in honour of her late 'best friend'
Mae Lynch and her late grandfather, Michael Lees.

A Cork resident is walking the equivalent distance from her house in Union Hall to Cork city and back in 30 days to honour her grandad who passed away unexpectedly late last year. 

Mae Lynch, 23, is walking 160km in 30 days to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society in memory of her grandad, Michael Lees, who she describes as her "best friend". 

"He was fighting lung cancer and we were under the impression he was winning. 

"Sadly in a matter of hours everything changed and we had to say goodbye," Mae explained. 

"I wanted to do something in his honour for a long time but didn’t feel emotionally ready until now. 

"During lockdown I wanted something to focus on. 

"I love walking so I decided to set myself the challenge to walk 160km within the 2km radius by May 18," she told The Echo. 

Mae Lynch out on one of her walks.
Mae Lynch out on one of her walks.

Every day, Mae is chipping away at her 160km target and has already raised almost €600 for cancer research in just a few days. 

Speaking about the connection she had with her grandad, Mae said the two shared an appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. 

"We had a very similar sense of humour. We could spend hours chatting and laughing over absolute nonsense. 

"He loved the little things in life like I do. He was selfless and always thinking about everyone else. 

"He had a wonderful ability to put everyone at ease. 

"He was a very important support in my life and it was very difficult to lose him," she said. 

Mae thanked everyone who has donated to her GoFundMe page so far and invited others to join in on the challenge. 

"My aunt and my cousin who live in the city have joined me, which I found very touching," she said. 

"I would also love if anyone else wants to join me, maybe for the same charity, another one or just for fun."

If you would like to donate to Mae's fundraiser visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/To-Cork-and-back

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