Sunday 22 October 2017

Walking in memory of Tracie

By Amy Lewis

Mary Somers Cashen, Mick Smith, Laura Ryan, Jonathan Smith and Rebecca Smith.
Mary Somers Cashen, Mick Smith, Laura Ryan, Jonathan Smith and Rebecca Smith.
Shelly and Clodagh Roche

Seven years after she sadly lost her life to Cystic Fibrosis, Tracie Lawlor's memory still lives on thanks to the annual Tracie Lawlor walk.

The event saw 39 people from Wexford and beyond step out for an 8 km walk around the town and raise over €800 for the Tracie Lawlor Trust. Among them was 83-year-old Larry Brennan from Dublin, who has been taking part in the event for the past several years.

According to Tracie's mother Phil, the event was an extremely successful day which received great support across the community. Following the walk, everyone gathered together to enjoy a well-deserved meal in the Talbot Hotel.

The previous weekend, members of Tracie's family and friends took part in the Mini Marathon in aid of the Tracie Lawlor Trust. Meanwhile, the Tracie Memorial Swim took place in Curracloe on Saturday. The event was organised by Wexford Masters Openwater Swimming Club.

Participants didn't only make a positive move for their own health, they also took a step forward for Cystic Fibrosis research. The Tracie Lawlor Trust, which was set up by Tracie's family, raises funds to help those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis by funding various studies. A study, which was proposed by Tracie's brother Joseph, was recently published by London Southbank. It looks into the benefits of Tai Chi for those with Cystic Fibrosis.

'There is no single study out there looking at the benefits of Tai Chi for Cystic Fibrosis,' said Joseph. 'This is the first one in the world.'

A second study concerning the use of acupuncture in Cystic Fibrosis had recently been completed by Stanford University and will be published in the coming months.

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