A inspirational Donegal teenager has passed the €40,000 milestone in a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society.
Ross O’Keeney turned his 17th birthday in March into a major goodwill initiative in memory of his beloved dad, Ronan O’Keeney. Ronan, pictured above, was a well-respected advanced paramedic who has left a lasting legacy in his community.
Ross lost his father to cancer just four months ago. The family experienced double heartache the next day with the passing of Ronan’s father, Brendan, also to cancer.
A number of years ago, Ross saw his beloved 7-year-old brother Darren succumb to the disease.
Young Ross was inspired to turn his grief into a phenomenal fundraiser after seeing this year’s Late Late Show Daffodil Day fundraiser.
Ross was watching the programme with his mother, Brid, when the idea formed to ask for donations to the Irish Cancer Society instead of birthday presents.
What started as a €200 target has expanded beyond all expectations for the Abbey VS student.
“I am overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and support,” said Ross.
The many generous donations to the fund will provide vital services and support to cancer patients and their families, including the Freephone Support Line, Volunteer Driver Service and Night Nursing service.
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