Lorcan Mallon

Lorcan is our 10 year old son who was born with severe learning difficulties and autism.  We knew very early there was something concerning with Lorcan as he never answered to his name or followed any commands.  Even now it is difficult at times to know what is going on behind his huge smile 😁.   His brother Cormac often asks will he ever speak as he'd love to hear what his voice sounds like. We were introduced to ABA( applied behaviour analysis), which is a therapy used in America and parts of England.  This therapy involves Lorcan having intense one to one therapy at home to hopefully allow him to eventually communicate and reach his potential. It can be as much as £15 - £35/hr for therapy sessions as it is not provided or recognised in the north of Ireland.   For many families this can be almost impossible to finance as they recommend at least ten hours a week. We are also in the process of considering alterative stem cell treatment in America.  We were then introduced to the ' Tree  of Hope' charity who supports families to fundraise. They then pay for treatment and therapy directly from money that is kindly donated.  As many of you know Brendan ran the marathon for Tree of Hope 4yrs ago so I knew I had to step up and take on a big challenge. So I've decided to cycle from Mizen to Malin... 575 miles from the bottom to the very top of Ireland with my friend kelly ... Starting tomorrow!! The panic is real 😂...  Chamois creme at the ready!!! We are so grateful for everyone's kindness and support, it's overwhelming!! Hopefully we will see great results from the therapy and Lorcan hopefully can tell us himself one day 😉😉  

Thanks a mil

Grainne, Brendan & Lorcan


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