Offaly cycle to raise funds for little girl diagnosed with cancer

Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly

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Offaly cycle to raise funds for little girl diagnosed with cancer

Tessa with her uncle Alan Waters

21 cyclists will be whizzing through Offaly on a 375 km charity cycle on Friday, May 17, stopping in Tullamore, in a fundraising effort to raise €375,000 for little Tessa Garry who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the central nervous system, in December last at just 14 months old.  

Tessa has close ties with Offaly with her grandad Donal Waters from Aharney and her granny Teresa Feighery from Blue Ball. 

Tessa started chemotherapy in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, last January and she is receiving superb care but she has a long battle ahead of her with several medical mountains to climb. 

Relapse is a huge concern with neuroblastoma, and sadly, when it occurs, survival rates are very low, so Tessa’s parents, together with friends and family, have started a fundraising campaign to allow her to access treatment in America to help to prevent a relapse once she has completed her treatment in Ireland.

Tessa’s uncle Alan is a member of the Blanch Wheelies cycling club, and the Wheelies are undertaking a 375km cycle on Friday 17th May, passing through the four provinces, to raise money for Tessa’s campaign.

They will be stopping in Maunsell’s Bar and Lounge in Tullamore on Friday evening, at approximately 5pm or 6pm, so keep an eye out for them in red and white. 

They would be very grateful for any donations and support received along their route. They will be travelling through Meath, Cavan, Longford, Westmeath, Galway, Offaly, Tipperary, and Kildare on their mammoth route, starting in Dublin at 5 am and hoping to finish in Dublin that night before last orders for a well-earned drink.

If you miss them, you can donate to the campaign at www.gofundme.com/help-tessa-be-cancer-free