Forkhill family fundraises for children with cancer

May 25, 2010

Four members of a Forkhill family are donning their running shoes preparing to take part in the Newry City Marathon and Fun Run event on Monday next, 31st May.

Stephen, Denise, Keelan and Jordan McCabe are taking part in the popular event to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent – a cause close to their hearts.

Denise, 36, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was just five years old and her family was given the devastating news that she may only have five years to live. Thankfully, after battling her eye cancer, she went into remission and has since gone on to have two children. Denise has done voluntary work for CLIC Sargent for more than five years, helping raise vital funds for the charity.

“Both Stephen and myself enjoy running and we felt that the marathon and fun run was the ideal event to enable the whole family to fundraise together,” says Denise. Stephen added: “It’s great that there are charities like CLIC Sargent who can offer support to families affected by childhood cancer, especially in dealing with the emotional effects. I’m keen to do my bit to help other families and fundraising is a positive way I can show my support.”

Keelan (10) and seven-year-old Jordan have been training hard for the fun run and take to the roads of Forkhill with their mum several times a week.

“Both Jordan and me are members of the South Armagh Mugendo Kickboxing Club and hope that all of the training we do there will keep our legs strong enough to keep running, so that we both can finish the race before mammy,” laughs Keelan.

Dad Stephen is doing the half marathon and hopes to finish in under two hours.

“We hope that all our friends from St.Oliver Plunkett Primary School in Forkhill will come out on the day and cheer us on,” Jordan added.

The fun run starts on the Buttercrane Quay at 9.45am.


Each week in Northern Ireland two children or young people are diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia.  CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland acts as a lifeline keeping families together when the unimaginable happens.  It provides clinical, psychosocial, emotional and financial care and support to them and their families.

To support the McCabe family, or for more information about supporting CLIC Sargent at the Newry City Marathon event, contact Katie Setterfield on 028 9072 5780 or