A young boy who has been receiving dialysis treatment since he was four and a half months old stepped out with his family the day before his 5th birthday for a photocall to encourage the public to take part in the Irish Kidney Association’s ‘Run for a Life’ family fun run which will take place at Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 at 2pm on Saturday 25th May. www.runforalife.ie
Sam Kinahan (5) and his older sister Ali (age 8) and their parents Chloe and Ivan from Baldoyle, Dublin 13 were joined by Susan Mulligan from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, who is also waiting for a kidney transplant, at the sunny Phoenix Park in Dublin for the photocall to promote the upcoming Run for a Life family fun run which aims to raise awareness about the plight of people in organ failure and the life saving importance of organ donation and transplantation.
Ray D’Arcy, the national ambassador for organ donor awareness 2019, will take part the ‘Run for a Life’ family fun run on 25th May. The fun event which is a celebration of life attracts over 500 participants annually. It is open to people of all ages and levels of fitness who can choose to walk, jog or run in the chip timed event, which offers prizes for winners in a choice of 2.5km, 5km and 10km distances.
At the photocall Chloe Kinahan, a native of Mullingar, said that, “In his short lifetime my son Sam has been receiving dialysis treatment for four years and eight months and that’s almost as long as he has been alive. Sam is a patient at Temple Street Hospital and has soldiered through his illness as a happy little boy who seldom complains. One of the issues that comes with his condition is that he has never eaten properly because of his restrictive diet and he has primarily been tube fed. While he will enjoy the ceremonial blowing out of the candles on his 5th birthday cake he will not be able to eat it. His interests are typical of any young boy of his age and he loves watching Transformers and playing with the power hero robots in disguise. While he is on the the deceased donor kidney transplant waiting list we anxiously await news that his father, Ivan, can be his living kidney donor as soon as possible. A donor kidney will be the catalyst for transforming Sam’s life and a new kidney will be his transformer! Sam has attended the annual Run for a Life every year since his first as a baby being pushed along in his buggy by his father. We look forward to attending the event again this year and hopefully by then we will have received welcome news that Ivan can be Sam’s donor.”
Also attending the photocall was Susan Mulligan, a native of Castlerea, Roscommon who lives in Islandbridge, Dublin 8 said, ” I have been undergoing dialysis treatment for two and half years at the Beacon in Tallaght. Four of my six siblings also have the same kidney condition as me which is called Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Therefore the prospect of a living kidney donor within our family is not an option for us and we are reliant on the goodwill of the public to donate a loved one’s organs at a time of great sadness. My father Michael Mulligan underwent a kidney transplant 14 years ago and my family are very grateful to his deceased donor and to all the other donor families who have made it possible for more than 4000 people in Ireland to be alive today having received organ transplants. I am delighted to be here today for this photocall to play my part in supporting the Irish Kidney Association in raising awareness about the importance of organ donation”.
Colin White, Race Manager and National Projects Manager of the Irish Kidney Association said, “Sam and Susan are shining examples of positivity as they await organ transplants. They are among more than 550 people in Ireland on waiting lists for all organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas, and they are just two of over 2,100 people from throughout the country with end stage kidney failure who are undergoing dialysis treatment to keep them alive. This will be the 11th annual Run for a Life event which has developed a loyal following over the years and has become a strong platform for the promotion of organ donor awareness. We are looking forward to another successful event on May 25th which offers a great day out for all the family. Over 500 participants from throughout Ireland took part in last year’s event and we are optimistic for another great turnout this year”.
The Run for a Life Entry fee is €20 adult, €10 child and €45 for a family of up to 2 adults and up to 4 children. All finishers will receive a medal and entry fee also includes soup and sandwiches. For more information on the event visit website www.runforalife.ie
Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association tel. 01 6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download the ‘Digital Organ Donor card’.