Zoe Murphy appeal reaches half way

A fundraiser page designed to help pay for a life changing operation to improve the life of two-year old Zoe Murphy has almost reached the halfway target with just under €48,000 raised to date.
Two-year old Zoe Murphy was born with quadriplegia and cerebral palsy at 21 months old and as a result suffers with spasticity and restricted movement. Zoe’s parents Lynda Bannon and Eamonn Murphy were told by doctors that their daughter faced the prospect of being in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
However, after being introduced to CBD oil Zoe has improved so much that she is now eligible to receive life changing surgery in America that could improve her standard of living still further. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy aims to selectively destroy problematic nerve roots in the spinal cord – potentially eradicating spasticity as Zoe’s bones/muscles continue to grow.
That surgery will cost €100,000 and three months ago Lynda and husband Eamonn set out on the long road towards raising funds to match that total. Thanks to the generosity of the local community the fund has almost reached €50,000 and Lynda was at pains to thank all who have contributed so far.
“I honestly can’t believe we are almost half way towards our target of €100,000. People around the town and beyond have been so generous. Even the Dundalk FC football team have got involved and helped us out and I have to say it has been very touching to see this all unfold. Everywhere we go now people come up to Zoe and ask her how she is getting on and she is loving all the attention,” laughs Lynda.
“I remember our first fundraiser didn’t bring too much on and we felt a bit disheartened but since then the momentum has been unbelievable and for the first time I really believe we are going to be able to send Zoe to America for the operation.
I would especially like to thank the Murphy family for handing us a cheque for €20,416 which was brought in from various fundraisers including a quiz night in the Lisdoo and a Dundalk FC Kit poster which was designed and produced by Eamonn’s uncle Jim and his two sons. I also have to thank my brother-in-law Alan Gray who has donated proceeds from his new kid’s jewellery collection to our fund.
“We have one last big fundraiser to end 2018 on December 30 in the Lisdoo in Dundalk. We are having a pre-New Year’s Eve Party which we are calling ‘Total Tribute’ and we will have music from a host of tribute acts including ABBA, Westlife and Tina Turner. Tickets can be bought from the Zoe Murphy facebook page or Goldstar jewellers. Once again I’d like to thank everybody who has helped out and given Zoe the chance to reach her best potential,” added Lynda.

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