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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Jade is real child of courage

BALLYMURN GIRL HONOURED BY 'SHARE A DREAM' FOUNDATION

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Jade Whelan was declared a 'child of courage' at the Share a Dream ball in Limerick last week. And the youngster from Ballymurn, daughter of P.J. and Sarah Whelan, will be off to France early in the new year for a visit to EuroDisney on a holiday provided by the foundation.

The award was recognition of the hardships faced by Jade since she was first diagnosed as having juvenile arthritis at the age of just ten months. Her bravery was recognised by St. John's Hospital physiotherapist Louise Armstrong, who nominated her for the accolade.

'She is always smiling, no matter what is thrown at her,' commented the physio who was joined in the nomination process by teacher Nicola Sheehan and all Jade's schoolmates in fifth/sixth class at Ballymurn.

The child of honour was in great form for the trip to Limerick with more than forty family members and supporters. However, the outing to the ball came just a couple of months after she was laid low by a bout of arthritis that left her unable to stand or even to feed herself.

'It still flares up every now and then but she is well at the moment,' reported Jade's mother Sarah Whelan. 'She is stiff in the mornings but we cannot believe that she is getting on so well.'

The girl with the irrepressible smile has benefitted from the installation of a hydrotherapy bath in the garden of the family home after a local fundraising campaign. ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Jade Whelan was declared a 'child of courage' at the Share a Dream ball in Limerick last week. And the youngster from Ballymurn, daughter of P.J. and Sarah Whelan, will be off to France early in the new year for a visit to EuroDisney on a holiday provided by the foundation.

The award was recognition of the hardships faced by Jade since she was first diagnosed as having juvenile arthritis at the age of just ten months. Her bravery was recognised by St. John's Hospital physiotherapist Louise Armstrong, who nominated her for the accolade.

'She is always smiling, no matter what is thrown at her,' commented the physio who was joined in the nomination process by teacher Nicola Sheehan and all Jade's schoolmates in fifth/sixth class at Ballymurn.

The child of honour was in great form for the trip to Limerick with more than forty family members and supporters. However, the outing to the ball came just a couple of months after she was laid low by a bout of arthritis that left her unable to stand or even to feed herself.

'It still flares up every now and then but she is well at the moment,' reported Jade's mother Sarah Whelan. 'She is stiff in the mornings but we cannot believe that she is getting on so well.'

The girl with the irrepressible smile has benefitted from the installation of a hydrotherapy bath in the garden of the family home after a local fundraising campaign.

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