Local Mallow women Viki Lynch and her sister in law Grainne Lynch will be taking a brave leap out of an airplane at 10,000 feet to do a tandem (thankfully!) skydive to raise money for the charity Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation is a charity close to their hearts as Grainne’s eight year old son Liam Lynch was diagnosed with an inoperable spinal tumour 22 months ago when he woke up one morning unable to move his legs, up until then he was like any other 7 year old boy running around having fun.  Their lives changed overnight going through your worst nightmare of having a critically ill child.  He has spent months in hospital and is now in a wheelchair.  Liam’s condition is life threatening.  We are not sure what the future holds, but we will keep hoping.

Liam made his first holy communion a couple of months ago, he is a happy boy and now loves computers.  Grainne, Viki’s brother David and his little sister Maeve are always on the go, visiting people and keeping normal family life going. Make-a-Wish gave them a well-deserved break away from the memories of hospital to Valencia in Spain to a science museum and aquatic park which Liam really enjoyed and gives the family some great memories to cherish forever.  Grainne and Viki are fundraising to make the dreams of other kids like Liam become a reality

Make-a-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children aged between 3 and 18 years living with a life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish granted is true magic for the child providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.

The skydive is scheduled for the 19th August in Birr, Co. Offaly.  If you would like to support them you can donate on-line at http://www.mycharity.ie/event/viki_grainne_skydive or ring Viki on 087-8196264.