Blessington boy with rare illness raises almost €4,000 for other sick children in Crumlin hospital

He said he wanted to help out kids who were more sick than he is.

A young boy who has been attending Crumlin children's hospital since he was a baby has raised thousands of euro for other sick children.

Isaac Geoghehan is seven years old and recently took part in the Mini Muckers challenge in Punchestown.

He managed to raise €3,817 for the challenge which took place on October 6.

Isaac has been attending the hospital for six years due to adrenal insufficiency.

Speaking about the challenge, young Isaac revealed the difficulties he faced taking on the challenge.

He said: "I ran it with my brother Jack and my dad Tristan. My friends in the Beavers were cheering us on. I did it last year too and it’s always so mucky. I love going through the water.

"But my shoe got stuck in muck and we had to dig it out. The huge stacks of hay were the hardest obstacle because you had to try jump over them. It’s a really cool day. It’s epic!

"We all have lots of fun, and I’m happy to help others kids in Crumlin who are more sick than me."

His mum Margaret said that her son was "delighted" that he could help other sick children.

She said: "We were so shocked that Isaac’s fundraiser took off the way it did!

“We started it at the beginning of September, just as everyone was going back to school and getting into their routine again.

"So we thought they’d be busy and really hoped to reach the €300 mark, but we actually achieved that goal really quickly and we kept increasing the target. And people just continued to donate.

Isaac's condition is so rare that when he was born there was only one other little boy in the country with the same illness.

Margaret continued: "Isaac needs medication to replace what his adrenal glands normally make. You need your adrenal glands particularly if you’re stressed or sick.

"Isaac was only ever admitted into hospital once when he had rotavirus, so we’ve been lucky. We have appointments every three months, and they always make loads of time for us in Crumlin.

"When Isaac was born there was only one other little boy in Ireland with the same condition so it was scary. The unknown is scary."
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