Limerick's today with joe nash interview on 25/1/18
Anne & Jerry (Kate's Mum & Dad) were on Limerick Today with Joe Nash to discuss the family's Keep Kate Walking fundraising campaign to get Kate to St. Louis for SDR surgery. To listen, please click "Learn More" below.
we have reached 10,000 euro. 7/2/18
We have reached the first 10% of our goal. Thank you to everyone that has donated thus far. We have been so humbled and overwhelmed by everyone's support in liking, sharing and donating to Kate's campaign. This means the world to Kate. The amount on the website contains all donations (facebook and website and offline). 90% to go!
the total amount raised for keep kate walking launch night fundraiser is 5'576 euro 15/2/18
Thank you to everyone who donated by buying a ticket or a raffle ticket. Congratulations to the raffle winners. Thanks to Lloyds Pharmacy Castletroy and Johnson & Johnson (Vistakon) for the hampers. Thank you to NewTone Group Ltd. for the posters and pop-up banners, Free Beer Wedding Band for providing us with excellent entertainment on the night and The Pavilion for hosting us. Thanks to the Mayor of Limerick Mayor Sean Lynch and all of the local representatives who came to support us also. This wouldn't be possible without all of your support. We need VOLUNTEERS for bucket collections on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of March in Limerick. Please get in contact if you're available. Together we will all #keepkatewalking. Please find pictures from the launch night by clicking gallery below.
Rugby ticket raffle draw in aid of keep kate walking @ ballyneety golf club. 16/2/18
Thanks to Maghnus Collins for organising a rugby ticket raffle to support Kate. The raffle took place on Thursday the 15th of February and the winners were drawn by the President of Ballyneety Golf Club. Congratulations to the winners John Stephenson and Gavin Bluett. Maghnus will be in contact with you both. A total of 1,580 euro was raised. Well done to all involved and thanks to Ballyneety Golf Club for allowing us to hold the raffle there. A video of the raffle can be found below.
POKER NIGHT & COLLECTION IN AID OF KEEP KATE WALKING @ RIVERFOREST HOTEL LEIXLIP. 25/2/18
Total amount raised for the poker night and collection in the Riverforest Hotel Leixlip is 731 euro. Thank you everyone. Ye were all so welcoming and kind, such a great community.
thank you to the staff and students of castletroy college. 23/3/18
Thank you to the staff and students of Kate's alma mater Castletroy College who held a non-uniform day in aid of Keep Kate Walking just over 1'000 euro was raised. Kate is pictured with Castletroy College prinicpal Mr. Padraig Flanagan.
total amount raised for the fundraiser in danny's bar is 2'998 euro. 24/3/18
Thank you to Mary O'Gorman for organising this event. Thanks to Therse and Danny for hosting the event and finally thank you to everyone that donated.
bucket collections over st. patrick's weekend. 24/3/18
A total of 1'339 euro was raised from the bucket collections over St. Patrick's weekend. Thank you to everyone that donated and volunteered, We greatly appreciate everyone's support.
an interview with The clare champion. 30/3/18
Thanks to Dan Danaher for the write up in this week's Clare Champion highlighting our fundraising campaign and the recent fundraising events in both Broadford and the Eire Og Clubhouse to Keep Kate Walking. Please find the article below.
eire og table quiz and coffee morning raises a combined total of 3'155 euro. 4/4/18
Thank you to our cousins the Howard's for their tremendous effort in organising both a coffee morning and table quiz recently in aid of Keep Kate Walking. Thank you to everyone at the Eire Og clubhouse for supporting and donating also. We cannot express how thankful we are for everyone's support from Clarecastle, Ennis & beyond.
Keep kate walking leixlip & Dublin raffle winners. 9/4/18
On behalf of Kate and O'Sullivan family we would like to thank everyone for their support. The raffle winners can be found by clicking the link below. A total of 11'100 euro was raised.
RIVERFOREST HOTEL EASTER EGG RAFFLE 10/4/18
Thank you to everyone that donated to the Easter Egg Raffle at the Riverforest Hotel in Leixlip Co. Kildare. A total of 183 euro was raised.
Kate meets dr. Park again 11/4/18
On Saturday, Kate and her family travelled to Dublin to meet Dr. Park for a final time before hopefully having SDR. Kate is remaining hopeful at the prospect of having SDR while continuing physiotherapy and taking pain medication to alleviate the pain she is experiencing daily because of the spasticity which SDR will address.
raffle in aid of keep kate walking by M&C property 13/4/18
Thank you to all of the staff of M&C property Limerick for holding a raffle in aid of Keep Kate Walking recently raising a total of 201 euro. Thank you everyone.
Skydive in aid of keep kate walking 28/4/18
Aine O'Gorman, Colin Moroney, Ross Treacy & Aaron Church all survived the big jump from 13,000ft and raised an incredible €2,804 to Keep Kate Walking! Thank you very much to every single person who donated! Thanks to all of the lads for braving their fears and jumping for Kate!
This officially brings us over the half way mark with €50,741 raised to date!
Starting Small Standing Tall Teddy Bear Day and bake sale 16/5/18
Kate and her entire family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the staff & families from Starting Small Standing Tall Day Creche for hosting a Teddy Bear day and Bake Sale which raised an incredible €1,000.
The Stables club and university of limerick Students Union support 18/5/18
Kate and her entire family would like to say a sincere thank you to the staff of The Stables Club & University of Limerick Students Union for their incredible donation towards Kate's life changing surgery. This means more to us than you can imagine!
coffee morning and quiz night in monaleen gaa 19/5/18
Thank you to everyone that came to our coffee morning & quiz night in Monaleen Gaa Club for Kate. Thank you to NewTone Group Ltd. for printing posters & leaflets, SuperValu Castletroy for some baked goodies and, finally, thank you to everyone who donated. An amazing combined total of €2,235 was raised!!
Well done to the winning team, The Quizzards of Oz!
limericks top 40 under 40 27/5/18
Honoured to be chosen as one of Limerick's Top 40 under 40 among so many incredible people. Thanks to Drew Media, Colm O'Brien Motivation and Lyons of Limerick for the nomination and sponsorship. Thanks to my guy Ian for constantly ensuring I wouldn't fall in the dress. I was really nervous about that as I'd never worn a long dress before and CP affects my balance too.
My dress was from Fran & Jane in Cork. Thanks to the ladies in the shop who were so helpful & understanding in helping me choose a dress that I would be able to manage to walk in.
SuperValu Castletroy Bagpacking 29/5/18
Thank You to everyone who bagpacked in SuperValu Castletroy in aid of our cause. Thanks to the hard work of Ian Foley, Paul Burke, Christine Mcknight, Ross Treacy, Patrick D'arcy, Aine O'Gorman, Aoife Flynn, Orla Magnier, Mary O'Sullivan, Connor Keaveney, James Reddy & Theo Halpin for helping out on the day.
An amazing total of €2,705 was raised to keep Kate walking! A huge thank you to all of the lovely staff & shoppers who donated & for all of your kind words of support for Kate.
Thank you to NewTone Group Ltd. for the pop-up banners
dunnes stores bagpacking 01/6/18
We were short on volunteers for bagpacking but ploughed on in our quest to keep Kate walking. Thanks to our volunteers, Paul Burke, Conor Keaveney & Una O'Mahony for coming out to help. Thank you to the staff & management of Dunnes Stores and to everyone who donated, an amazing total of €1,375 was raised to keep Kate walking.
Limerick mayor, sean lynch, hosts coffee morning in aid of keep kate walking 21/6/18
Thank you to everyone that came along to the coffee morning in City Hall! A huge thanks to Mayor Sean Lynch for hosting it, and Gerry and Alannah Barron for the delicious goods. On February 9th after Mayor Sean Lynch launched the campaign, we reached €10,000 and were thrilled. To have over €70,000 raised to date is truly phenomenal and a true testament to the people of Limerick & beyond. Kate has decided to postpone the surgery while we continue to fundraise for the much needed funds and we have yet to reach our target. An amazing total of €355 was raised from this coffee morning, a huge thank you to everyone who donated.
Coffee morning at castletroy park hotel 04/7/18
A huge thank you to Aeron Robinson for organising a coffee morning in aid of our cause at Castletroy Park Hotel. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who donated. €190 was raised in total!
Bake Sale and collection at liscannor mobile home park 08/8/18
Thank You to everyone who helped run a bake sale and collect donations at Liscannor Mobile Home Park to keep Kate walking. An amazing total of €505 was raised. We cannot thank you all enough for your continued support and generosity. A huge well done to everyone involved!
Poker Classic in Vaughan's and fundraiser night in McMahons (Daggers) 12/8/18
Thanks so much to Mary O'Gorman and Tom Marsh for planning and organising a Poker Classic in Vaughan's, Broadford, Co. Clare in aid of Keep Kate Walking. An unbelievable €2,350 was raised!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who sold and bought tickets for this event and for making this possible.
A sincere thank you to everyone who also donated at our fundraiser night in McMahons (Daggers), Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare. An amazing total of €400 was raised. Thank you to Ray for everything.
Kate is prescribed new afo's
Check out my new AFO's! (Ankle Foot Orthosis)
I needed new AFO's to provide better alignment & additional support to my legs. These are the Malleo Neuerexa Pro AFO from Ottobock at Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital Dublin. I've to wear these everyday now to try & alliviate over supination of my feet/ankles & to try and get dorsiflexion at both ankle joints when walking.
They are taking a lot of getting used too to say the least, because at it's core, Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury, the areas of my brain that are responsible for controlling movement are damaged, with the additional support these are now providing me with, my brain is taking longer to get used to walking with these on my legs. But I'm determined to keep going, with each passing day I'm feeling more confident in them. I've also been in full therapy mode doing massage therapy, physiotherapy & hydrotherapy everyday to get me stronger for surgery. It's very painful and very tiring but I'm getting through it as best as possible.
It was possible to get these thanks to YOUR SUPPORT & YOUR DONATIONS to keep me walking. I CANNOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH for the continued support and well wishes. I will be forever grateful to you all.
"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world"-Marilyn Monroe
My deepest gratitude,