15 July 2013
Staff from Cork and Dublin Airport took part in a charity cycle on Saturday 13th July in aid of Bee for Battens. 30 cyclists departed from outside Cork Airport and cycled 160 kilometres along the N71 to Kenmare.
The ‘Dinosaur Challenge‘ raised money and awareness for Bee for Battens, a charity that supports families and children affected by Battens disease. The charity is one of Cork and Dublin Airport’s three charities of the year, alongside Make a Wish Foundation and Down Syndrome Ireland.
The event was organised by Bryan Russell, a staff member of the Dublin Airport Fire Department. Bryan wanted to support the efforts of Tony and Mary Heffernan, a Cork couple who founded the Saoirse Foundation after they lost their daughter Saoirse to Battens disease. The couple’s son Liam was also diagnosed with the disease and the Dinosaur Challenge is named in his honour, due to his love of dinosaurs.
Battens disease is a rare neuro-degenerative, and always fatal, disease that affects babies, young children and juveniles. Bee for Battens provides parents, families and all those affected by Battens disease on the island of Ireland with support, networking and a credible source of information.
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