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Saturday 19 August 2017

'She'd be proud of us', says family running for mum who fought breast cancer

From left, Margaret O’Callaghan, Cara McConnell and Ann Brennan
From left, Margaret O’Callaghan, Cara McConnell and Ann Brennan

The family of a woman who fought bravely against breast cancer will be taking to the road for the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon in tribute to a "perfect mother and sister".

Katherine McConnell (48), from Foxrock, battled an aggressive form of breast cancer for almost seven years before she died.

Katherine's daughter Cara McConnell (19) and her sisters, twins Margaret O'Callaghan and Ann Brennan (54), will walk and run in her memory on Monday, along with aunt Margaret Edwards and Katherine's niece Laura O'Callaghan.

Also taking part are a host of friends, who are aiming to raise more than €2,500 for Breast Cancer Ireland to aid research into the disease.

"Katherine would be proud of what we're doing as she'd have done exactly the same for us" said Ms O'Callaghan.

Katherine McConnell with daughter Cara and son Ewan after running the mini marathon 10 years ago.
Katherine McConnell with daughter Cara and son Ewan after running the mini marathon 10 years ago.

Generous

"My sister was a real giver. She was very generous with her time and raising money for charity was right up her street.

"She ran the mini marathon herself 10 years ago prior to diagnosis and she would've done anything to help others.

"We didn't expect Katherine to die. She was my little sister and her parents are still alive, so you don't expect to lose someone like this.

"Our whole family stayed with Katherine right before she passed away, but she couldn't fight any more.

"She mustered the energy to talk to her husband Ian, her daughter Cara and her sons Fraser and Ewan through her oxygen mask to tell them how much she loved them, not to worry and to look after each other.

"She told the kids how proud she was of them."

The family has so far raised more than €1,100 for the charity, but they are keen for the public to back them by donating money in Katherine's memory to the charity web page they have set up.

"My sister was so strong. Throughout it all, she never complained or said she was suffering," Margaret told the Herald.

"It was only towards the end that she seemed to suffer pain."

You can make a donation to the family's mini marathon using the fundraising page idonate.ie/fundraiser/11365018_a-walk-for-katherine.html.

In addition, the traders of Glasthule village have been donating prizes for a raffle for the charity.

Tickets are available at the Soul Woman shop and Juggy's Well, Glasthule. The draw will take place next Friday at 5pm in Soul Woman.

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