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Length x Breath Challenge raises more than €50k for TLC4CF



Length x Breath challenge – The eight lads completed a 670km group cycle in memory of friend Cathal Scanlon

Length x Breath Challenge raises more than €50k for TLC4CF

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald




Length x Breath challenge

Paraic O Neill ran 210km across the country from Galway Bay to Dublin in 5 days

More than €50k has been raised by friends and family for Tipperary, Limerick Clare for Cystic Fibrosis (TLC4CF) in loving memory of Cathal Scanlon, from Ardare, who sadly passed away to Cystic Fibrosis in 2020.

A fundraising event for TLC4CF called the Length x Breath Challenge was held in Cathal’s honour and memory. It was a joint running and cycling challenge completed by a group of Cathal’s friends.

The Length x Breath Challenge took place from July 6 to July 15, where Cathal’s friend Paraic O’Neill successfully ran across the country from Galway Bay to Dublin in 5 days and was then joined by seven of Cathal’s other friends to complete a group cycle of 670km from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

The seven who joined Paraic are Eoin Ryan, Bryan Curtin, Jack Canty, Evan O’Donoghue, Luke Mackessy, Sean Fitzpatrick, and William Lynch.

Speaking on the challenge and in memory of his best friend Paraic said, “We have done it with him watching over us, probably laughing at us, he was the strongest young man I ever knew, never once complained about his condition and he must have been struggling, struggling through the simplest of things. Struggling just to breathe, so we had to think of a challenge, and it couldn’t be easy because his life wasn’t easy so we decided on the Length x Breath Challenge.”

The idea behind the challenge was to mix the pain which Cathal endured and suffered and his love of cycling. The challenge was completed in his honour and spanned the date that would have been Cathal’s birthday. The group did this challenge with their friends memory in their thoughts.

The money raised will make a huge difference to TLC4CF, which was founded in 2008 by a group of parents, including Cathal’s parents Sean and Carmel, who wanted to improve the cystic fibrosis services in the Midwest region of Ireland. Since that time, TLC4CF has successfully raised over €6 million to design and build a dedicated adult cystic fibrosis ward at University Hospital Limerick.

The group continues to provide support at UHL to improve cystic fibrosis services, fund equipment, staff training, and support local families.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. People with CF experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing difficulty breathing.

The eight lads couldn’t have completed the challenge without a support team backing them every step of the way. More friends of Cathal and his family, particularly his brother Darragh, ensured all the eight had to worry about was running and cycling.

The group would also like to thank the Adare Cycling Club for their support, guidance and support cyclists who joined them on some of the journey through Limerick, as well as the local businesses who supported them with the event: Nautic (primary sponsor); Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa; Irish Wire Products; Cargill Animal Nutrition; Kirkland Investments; EM Services; Foynes Engineering; Grasslands Agro; Samco Agricultural; Londis Adare; Brodericks Spar; Houlihan Physiotherapy; The Physio Centre and generous donations made from anonymous businesses.

Donations can be given towards the challenge until Wednesday, September 1 HERE 

For more information on TLC4CF go HERE 

For more stories on TLC4CF go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.