Emma Langford will take to the mic with friends to support Kate O Donnell at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club on Friday night, November 22.
Emma Langford returns back to Limerick to support Kate O Donnell
By I Love Limerick correspondent Mia Wang
Emma Langford has rallied the support of musicians local and national for a very special hometown show to raise vital funds for Kate O’Donnell at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club on Friday night, November 22, 2019.
Kate was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer in December 2018 at the young age of 27.
Emma is a singer-songwriter from Limerick in the South-West of Ireland. The artist has received consistent praise from national and international media and audiences alike, The Irish Times commented Emma Langford is a treasure in Ireland’s music scene.
Now the Caherdavin-born singer will take to the mic with friends at Na Piarsaigh GAA Club for a special concert in aid of former camogie star Kate O’Donnell. All profits on the night will go to cover the costs of treatment for Kate O’Donnell.
Emma said, “Kate is only a couple of years younger than me. To know that a girl who has her whole life ahead of her needs help instantly, it was a cause I wanted to be a part of.”
Katie’s clubmate, Kate Campbell is very grateful Emma’s is participating and said, “for such an amazingly talented musician to wants to give up her time like that is just a testament to her as a person.”
The cancer Kate has called Fibrolamellar which affects only 1 in 5 million people worldwide and that is a rare liver cancer usually occurs in adolescents and young adults who have no history of liver disease.
Kate now needs access to a licensed treatment called Atezolizumab, unfortunately, Atezolizumab is not licensed for her specific cancer because it is so rare that HSE is not covered.
Now the Atezolizumab treatment costs €5,845 per vial and Kate will need one vial every 3 weeks for the next two years. That will be at a personal expense to Kate and her family.
The fundraising committee – which includes Limerick hurler Shane Dowling’s father Paddy and former council candidate Pat O’Neill – are hoping to sell 500 tickets for the gig.
For more information on the event and to buy a ticket, call 087-2074693.
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