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Monday, May 29, 2006

Limerick Councils pull together to raise money for employee


Both Limerick City council and Limerick County Council have pulled together to raise money to send one of their employees to America for revolutionary surgery.

Kevin Mulcahy, an employee of Limerick County Council has cerebral palsy and is trying to gather enough money for the operation in Manhattan in New York.

Kevin spoke to the Irish examiner and said ,“I went over to New York and was evaluated by a surgeon, David Scher who specialises in cerebral palsy. He said he could help me walk as I would benefit from the removal of soft tissue, lengthening of hamstrings and hip flexor lengthening.”

The surgery to get Kevin walking would cost a substantial $60,000 with an extra 100,000 price tag on weeks of rehab.

Kevin told the Examiner,“The $60,000 has to be paid in advance and I cannot get private health insurance. I have contacted Mary Harney to see if the Health Service Executive or the Department of Health can assist me with the costs.”

Now The two limerick councils have announced a joint effort for kevin and will try to raise some of the money.Cllr Brigid Teefy, will launch Kevin’s fundraising website on June 8th.

The mayor Cllr Diarmuid Scully said,“We are all pulling together in the two councils for Kevin to raise the necessary money.”

Kevin has his own website located at www.helpmetowalk.com

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