Local man takes on 20 day challenge for OCF

Oesophageal cancer survivor James McDonnell, Fermoy, with the family dog Ron, who is participating in the Give It Up, Take It Up fundraising campaign for OCF.

Lollipop Day, an annual fundraiser of the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF), is, like many other annual events, unable to go ahead this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, meaning a new initiative will replace the traditional event.

OCF is now running a 20-day challenge to raise €20,000 towards oesophageal cancer research, where participants can decide what to ‘Give Up’ or ‘Take Up’ with the goal of donating €20, which is €1 a day over 20 days.

Fermoy local and Kilworth native, James McDonnell, is a survivor of oesophageal cancer who has taken on the challenge, walking 5km daily for 20 days along with the family dog, Ron, in support of the Give It Up, Take It Up campaign.

James was diagnosed about two and a half years ago and January 2021 marked the two year anniversary from when he underwent an oesophagectomy, which saw his oesophagus removed.

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