The Community of Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, along with the assistance of the local G.A.A. Club, are trying to raise funds to help a local family that have a beautiful son with complex care needs.
Lucas O’Neill, aged six, was born with Down’s Syndrome and has a myriad of other, related, complex medical conditions, leaving Lucas in need of 24-hour care. When Lucas is not being cared for by his parents, Marie and Antaine, or by his grandmother or his granduncle, who have been trained to look after him, he requires the attention of a nurse. Lucas is unable to move independently, is non-verbal and is confined to a wheelchair. Lucas frequently has breathing difficulties and often needs to use an oxygen mask. Consequently, Lucas requires regular admissions to hospital, which requires that one of his parents stays with him, away from the rest of the family.
In November 2019, Marie and Antaine welcomed a new addition to their family, beautiful baby Adam. Like Lucas, Adam also has Down’s Syndrome and had to undergo life-saving surgery when only a few days old. Adam spent several weeks in Crumlin Children’s Hospital with his Mum and Dad, but thankfully he is now doing well.
Lucas and Adam also have a very vivacious, and very beautiful three-year-old sister, called Alannah.
The varying care needs of each of the children of this family have posed very many challenges for Marie and Antaine over the past number of years. Marie is a full-time carer and Mum to all three, and is heavily dependent on the H.S.E’s allocation of nursing hours to help with the care of Lucas and provide some periods of respite for Marie.
We would like to show our support for this family by raising funds to help purchase a vehicle that will adequately accommodate the need of all three children, and to cover some of the day to day expenses of caring for Lucas.
We thank you for your time and generosity in helping us reach our goal.
The Fundraising Committee of “Hope for Lucas”
[email redacted] | 0863089564
- Noreen and Jose Ramos
- michael hartigan
- Lorraine Harney
Fundraising team: Hope for Lucas (9)
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