A Clane mother who is a full-time carer to a teenager with Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy is now getting set to participate in a fundraiser in Naas this March.
Audrey Ryan, was only 17- years-old when she gave birth to Aaron Ryan, and has been his full-time carer ever since, with the help of family, including Aaron’s seven year old sister, Kayla.
Audrey said: “He is very happy, always smiling and laughing. I did not know much about Cerebral Palsy at the start, but as he grew older, we got to know more about it.”
Aaron attends St Raphael’s School in Celbridge. He loves music, playing his guitar and watching WWE wrestling on TV and his hero is WWE champion John Cena who he adores.
Currently Aaron is learning to communicate with a eye gaze device that is connected to his wheelchair.
His mother said: “Now he is starting to pick up sentences and with the help of this device, he can say I want a drink.”
He requires constant care and is peg fed at night.
Audrey, along with owner of All Aspect Fitness in Clane, Benny Langan, are inspired by the work being down by Share a Dream Foundation and now have a ‘ Dream Team’ put together for the Run a Much challenge at Coolcarrigan Estate, Naas, on March 9, to raise much needed funds for the charity.
On the day Audrey and the ‘Dream Team’ will be running through bog, jumping over hay bales and overcoming whatever obstacles come their way.
Each year All Aspects Fitness do this event in memory and on the anniversary of their great friend Sgt Liam Flynn who was very close to their hearts. Liam tragically died far too young while protecting others.
Staff sergeant Liam Flynn (33), originally from Clane, Co Kildare, was tragically killed in 2015 along with six fellow Marines and four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana when the Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a training mission.
The Run a Muck event is being held in memory of the late Sgt Liam Flynn and to raise funds for Share A Dream.
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