Whiteabbey charity gives young cancer sufferer magical surprise

Jetting off to Disneyland: Thomas McCreery and his mum, Jill.
Jetting off to Disneyland: Thomas McCreery and his mum, Jill.

A YOUNG Fermanagh boy who has been battling leukaemia for the past two years will jet off on a magical trip to Disneyland Paris next month, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a Whiteabbey-based charity.

The Eilish Degnan Cancer Foundation - the charity set up in memory of Glenville woman Eilish Degnan following her lengthy battle with cancer - will pay for Thomas McCreery and his family to travel to France at the start of November to spend a few days having fun in Europe’s most popular theme park.

Thomas was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010 when he was just four years old, and his cancer treatment is expected to continue until June next year.

Gerald Degnan, who runs the Cancer Foundation, met up with Thomas and his mum Jill last Tuesday (October 2) after a hospital appointment in Belfast to surprise them with the good news.

“It has been an emotional and stressful time for the family and they are really looking forward to the holiday,” Gerald told the Times.

Thomas is the latest in a series of children and young people with life-threatening illnesses that have received VIP experiences, days out and once-in-a-lifetime trips courtesy of the Foundation.

Meanwhile, the charity’s next fundraising event, featuring The Neil Diamond Experience, May McFettridge and Conspiracy, will take place at the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus on Saturday, October 20.

Tickets priced £12 for the night of top entertainment are available now from the Clarion Hotel.