A mother of three children originally from Mallow is embarking next month (July) on a gruelling triathlon – to help raise money for her nephew with cancer.
37 year old Viki Mulhall (nee Lynch), who now lives in Cappagh, County Waterford, learnt last year from her brother, David, that his seven year old son Liam was diagnosed with a category four spine tumour – five being the most severe.
Viki was brought up with David and three other siblings Katie, Sam and Anne, at a farm with their parents, Richard and Eithne Lynch.
Liam, who lives with his father and mother, Grainne, in Mallow, has received radiotherapy and now chemotherapy at Mercy University Hospital, Cork.
Although he continues to be in a serious condition, it is being helped by a charity, Children’s Leukaemia Association.
Viki is so impressed by the support the association is giving Liam, and other children like him, she decided to take on a massive personal challenge to help raise vital funds – the TriGrandPrix triathlon championship.
The tough event in Kilkenny, 23 July, will combine a swim, cycle and run – a sport she has never attempted before.
She said: “Despite Liam having this condition he is such a happy and positive boy – he really gets on with it.
“I felt he deserves something extra back, and this is what the charity gives. He can forget about his condition for a while and have fun.
“This triathlon will push myself physically, but in doing so, helping to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”
The association helps Liam with days out and home tuition, as he can only manage two hours of school each day.
Viki, who has three sons; Jack, Leo and Arthur, will receive plenty of family encouragement on the day, as her husband Conor is also taking part.
The ‘sprint’ triathlon includes a 750metre river swim, a 20km cycle and a five km run to finish.
You can track Viki’s training progress at facebook: Viki & Conor’s Triathlon. Donations can be made on-line at www.mycharity.ie/event/viki_mulhalls_eventor call 087 8196264.