Fermoy Scout group have extended their ‘thoughts and prayers’ to former Chief Scout Michael John Shinnick following the announcement that he has terminal cancer.
Mr Shinnick, a native of Fermoy, having first joined the club in 1967, was elected as Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout in 2008.
In a message posted on the Scouting Ireland website, Michael John (61) confirmed that he has been battling the illness after first being diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago, and despite extensive treatment he was now been informed his illness is terminal.
He wrote: “As a lot of you know, I have been travelling another kind of personal journey over the last eighteen months as I have battled cancer. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of a wonderful medical team, my own and my family’s strength and positive thoughts; and of course the prayers and well wishes of my thousands upon thousands of Scouting friends across Ireland and further afield, my journey is drawing to a close.
“Recently I have been spending a lot of time with my family and friends; sharing stories and memories and Scouting is featured a lot. I joined Scouting in Fermoy in 1967 and have not looked back since”.
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