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Leitrim's Emlyn Mulligan the latest GAA star to support 'Giving with Grace'

Giving with Grace

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Leitrim footballer Emlyn Mulligan is the latest GAA star to support a Meath man who is undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of lymphoma.

Many footballers and hurlers from the GAA world have sent Elliot Grace videos wishing him a happy birthday. As well as wishing Elliot a happy 21st ahead of his big day on December 21 he also donated his Connacht jersey from last weekend's interprovincial clash between Connacht and Ulster.

'Giving with Grace' is a community fundraising group in Athboy Co Meath set up to give practical support to the family of Elliot Grace.

Elliot is aged 20 and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma at the end of July 2016. He has now started intensive treatment as an in-patient at the Mater Hospital, Dublin which will continue for the next 18 months.

A sudden diagnosis like this with a long period of treatment as an in-patient puts huge strain on a family’s resources and is why family and friends have set up the “Giving with Grace” group so they can make a difference with practical support for Dolores and Jim.

Dolores travels to Dublin every day to be with Elliot, meet with his medical team and give him comfort and moral support. They have had to make new arrangements for child care to ensure Elliot’s younger siblings get to school and picked up while Dolores is in Dublin and Jim is at work.

All funds raised will be managed through the Credit Union account and used to purchase fuel and food vouchers locally and made available to the Grace family. If we have excess funds these will be distributed to other groups who are supporting us and currently donating to Giving with Grace from their events.

For further information on Giving with Grace please visit here or to support this cause click here.