Run For Jack & Jill
This year is a special year for Jack & Jill marking our 20th Anniversary.
Please join Team “Jack & Jill” and help us make it a really memorable one!
Run A Mile!
If you’re thinking of walking, jogging or running in any of the many marathons, big or small, taking place all over the country in 2017 and would like to support a charity at the same time we would love to hear from you!
With spring in the air………. Take on a challenge this year and help us make a difference!
Thanks so much to everyone who raised sponsorship for Jack & Jill through the many marathons that took place in 2016! …every €16 raised provided 1 hour’s home nursing care for a Jack & Jill child!
We have listed the main marathons for 2017 below, however you can also register for one of the many other runs taking place across the length and breadth of the country every weekend… or indeed perhaps you may like to organise your own run….
Story of Aileen Mulvihill - Noah's mum who ran the Vhi Mini Marathon in 2015: "Noah was due into this world on 20th January but we knew he had Edwards Syndrome and myself and My husband Christopher had been advised to prepare for him to arrive early in January and he would not make it through labour. However Noah had other plans and at 14 days overdue I had to be induced my doctor wouldn't allow me to go any longer. He was born without needing any oxygen and very stable however he did need an N.G tube for feeding.
On the 5th February we were allowed home having mastered how to feed and test his N.G tube. Still in total shock of trying to take in everything and deal with everybody our Outreach nurse Deidre Murphy told us Cathy from the Jack & Jill would be in contact. That was Thursday night / Friday morning. Cathy called to us on the Monday and she had things organized for us before we even knew what we needed. Running on adrenalin and having two other young girls to look after we hadn't had more than 2 hours sleep on any night because Noah needed almost around the clock monitoring. The next night we had our first Jack & Jill Nurse and we were so grateful just to sleep and know that a pediatric nurse was minding Noah. Cathy became our lifeline always at the end of the phone always trying to see what else would make things easier for us and even locating a premature baby soother for him that we couldn't get. She organized his medical card and liaised with all involved in Noahs care from our GP to PHN and Outreach nurse.
Noah sadly passed away on 22nd February and on the night we had one of our lovely Jack & Jill nurses with us. It was a great comfort and reassurance just to have had a nurse with us that night. " - Aileen
Story of Fiona Hodge - Aunt to Katie Tumulty "Myself and my sister Anne ran the Mini Marathon in memory of our beautiful 4 year old niece Katie Tumulty who passed away on the 13th March 2014. We wanted to raise funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation who gave so much assistance (in nursing hours) to Katie. The nurses were so kind and caring to Katie and were a huge help to Katie's family. We would love other families to be able to get the care and kindness from Jack and Jill that Katie got so our goal was to fundraise to make this possible. We thought about Katie as we ran, we cried and we felt a lot of joy as we saw the other orange Jack & Jill t-shirts in the crowd, other members of the Jack & Jill family… We raised €2,278 for the Jack & Jill Foundation." - Fiona
Story of Helen Coughlan - Aunt to Baby Hugo "I am doing the Mini-Marathon on June 1st to try and raise funds for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. My baby nephew, Hugo, fell sick when he was 6 months old, developing severe infantile seizures. Unfortunately these couldn’t be controlled through medication and after experiencing 100’s of seizures a day they have left him with severe brain damage and his eyesight hasn’t developed at all. He needs 24/7 care and the Jack & Jill Foundation provide a nurse for him 3 days a week which offers some respite to his good folks, my brother Hubert and his wife Nikki. The Jack & Jill Foundation only receives 18% government funding and they are left to raise €3m a year to help support families of children that are affected. Doctors are still baffled to what caused this and he is in and out of Temple Street Hospital a lot, despite all his pain he still manages to smile. We raised €1,072 in total." - Helen
Story of Helen Smith - Aunt to Baby Tom "I did the Mini Marathon in August 2012 for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation as it is very close to my heart. My godson Tom has a condition called Trisomy 7p. This condition means he needs constant care and he is also peg fed. The Foundation has been helping Tom's family for the past 4 years - without this help it would have been an extremely difficult time for them all. It is a fantastic charity, the help, care and advice they give is amazing." - Helen
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