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Meath boy, 10, revives famous ice-bucket challenge to help cancer sufferers


A loving son whose only wish was for his father to be cured of stage four cancer, has brought back a famous charity campaign to help people like his dad get better.

Heroic nine-year-old Mark Mooney from Walterstown in Co Meath came up with the idea to reboot the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

And the brave youngster has already pulled in an amazing €4,500 in less than two weeks.

In January, Mark’s dad John, 40, received a shock diagnosis of advanced colorectal cancer, having been ill for just weeks.

Just one day later he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery before embarking on a gruelling 12-week course of chemotherapy.

Mark is raising money for cancer sufferers

Childhood sweethearts John and wife Naomi, 38, were dealt a further blow when they were forced to cancel their wedding in March – organised by the kindness of local suppliers in just a few weeks – due to coronavirus restrictions.

With John’s deteriorating health, the defiant couple were determined to become husband and wife and opted for an intimate spiritualist ceremony with just three guests all caught on Zoom so family and friends could be a part of the day at home.

Proud mum Naomi says both she and John have been ‘blown away’ by their son’s heartwarming gesture and ‘bravery’ during this difficult time.

“It has been a tough few months for Mark. He had to have his ninth birthday celebrations by himself and his First Holy Communion has been postponed.

“He also has to do lots of trips with us to Drogheda hospital when I’m dropping or collecting John from various appointments but he never complains and just gets on with it.

Mark’s ice bucket challenge

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“With so much going on in his little world, so much stress and disappointment, he felt he wanted to do something positive and so decided to start this fundraiser.”

Naomi describes the heartbreaking chain of events that led to the devastating diagnosis.

“We thought John had a hernia initially, he was getting a lot of pains, he wasn’t eating and he was losing weight.

“A few weeks later he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. It was a real shock.

“He had to have emergency surgery the following day to do an emergency defunctioning loop colostomy as his bowel had perforated a small amount and was at risk of a lot larger one happening.

“After more tests, we were advised that the cancer was advanced but treatable so we are hoping to keep it stable as long as possible, you have to hold on to the hope.

“At the time, what I found hardest was the thoughts of telling Mark. How he was going to take it and how was it going to impact on him?

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“His dad has always been his hero.

“The palliative care team and the medical social workers in the hospital were great talking to us about how to explain it to him.”

It was ‘more important than ever’ for the couple – together since 2002 – to finally tie the knot and ‘solidify their family unit,’ according to the Meath mum.


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