Three brothers who have been supported by local children’s cancer charity, Cancer Fund for Children, had the honour of making the ceremonial first puck at the Belfast Giant’s match against the Cardiff Devils on Saturday night.
Ethan (age 4), Rhys (age 6) and Callum Thompson (age 7) from Portadown were attending the match, along with 60 other young people and their families, as guests of the Rory Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by golfer Rory McIlroy in 2013.
The three boys have been supported by Cancer Fund for Children, a charity providing practical, emotional and financial support children and young people aged 0-24, following Ethan’s cancer diagnosis. The family have also benefited from short breaks at the charity’s therapeutic short break facility, Daisy Lodge, which was officially opened by Rory McIlroy in 2014.
Barry Funston, Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation said,
“It was great to be able host an evening at the Belfast Giants game for children from the Cancer Fund for Children and their families. To see happy children and to be able to give families a night off makes it all worthwhile. It was a really enjoyable evening and thank you to all at the Stena Line Belfast Giants for being so accommodating.”
Cancer Fund for Children’s Specialist Neil Symington, who attended the match, added,
“We are so grateful to the Rory Foundation for organising this special event. Families who are coping with a cancer diagnosis are under enormous pressures, which can make family time almost impossible. It is wonderful to be able to bring so many young people and parents together this evening for what has been a very memorable occasion.”
Every week in Northern Ireland another three children, teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. As the leading children’s cancer charity in Northern Ireland, Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt.
To find out more about Cancer Fund for Children and the ways you can help support local families living with cancer, visit cancerfundforchildren.com or call 028 9080 5599.