The ‘Magnificent Seven’, who are all from Tipperary, will travel the country this month to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association – and plan to complete the feat in just 24 hours. The group will participate in a 600 km ultra cycle from Mizen to Malin, climbing 4,000 m of elevation, between June 25 and 26.
Members of the Upperchurch Drombane Cycling Club, one of whom suffers from chronic kidney failure, hope the event will raise more than €7,000 for the Tipperary branch Irish Kidney Association.
Francis Hogan was diagnosed with an inherited kidney disease, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), when he was in his early twenties.
Now 45, the Templemore native has managed to slow the disease through careful medical intervention, medication and healthy lifestyle choices and will be one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ to take part in the cycle.
“We have never done anything of this magnitude before. However, we have intensified our training over the past two months and feel that we are physically and mentally capable of making the journey and we look forward to it,” said said Mr. Hogan.
Mr Hogan lost his own father, Gus, to complications from the same inherited kidney disease when he was 49.
“We are delighted to be able to support an important charitable cause. Our cycling club is located in a small rural area in the middle of Tipperary and yet at least two other club members and their families have benefited from the support of the Irish Kidney Association,” Mr Hogan said.
Orla Hogan Ryan, secretary of the Tipperary branch of the Irish Kidney Association, has personally had four kidney transplants. She expressed her gratitude to the participants.
“We wish them success in their challenge, we look forward to following it on their Facebook page and we thank everyone involved in supporting it,” said Ms. Hogan, who praised them for raising awareness among donors. organs.
David Russell, an award-winning young farmer from Thurles, will also participate in the Mizen to Malin challenge; father and son David and Jamie Donovan, also of Thurles; Seamus Duggan, of Templemore; Pat Heffernan of Moyglass, Fethard; and James Tobin, who lives in Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, bordering Tipperary.
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