THREE Donegal men will climb a mountain 20 times over a 48-hour period next month to raise money for a baby girl who needs life-saving surgery.
Little Olivia Mulhern, whose father, Keith, is from Donegal Town, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) this year.
The best hope for a better life for Livie is a once-off gene therapy called Zolgensma, which is currently only available in USA and costs over $2 million.
A fundraising campaign which began around two weeks ago has raised almost €350,000.
Donegal GAA coach Aaron Kyles along with James McGroary and Kevin McBrearty will climb Carnaween mountain in Letterkenny 20 times on the weekend of June 5-7. The trip will camp overnight during their endeavour, which will see them climb the equivalent of Everest.
They aim to raise €10,000 from the mammoth hike and a GoFundMe page has already raised over €7,700. To donate, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/everest-for-olivia
Without treatment, Olivia’s condition would continue to deteriorate and it would be unlikely she would survive past her second birthday.
Her parents, Keith and Karen, are doing everything they can to provide the quality of life for their child.
The condition affects just one of 10,000 babies and means a deterioration of Livie’s nerve cells connecting her brain and spinal cord to her body’s muscles.