11 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

Rugby exponents and other popular sports’ personalities took part on Sunday last in a special day-long charity fund-raising programme for a six-years-old North Monaghan girl who may have to travel overseas for life-saving treatment for Retts’ Syndrome.
Shauna McPhillips of Scotstown, is suffering from the rare neuro-development disorder which is threatening her life and is causing severe multiple disabilities.
She is the youngest daughter of Declan and Marie McPhillips, who have another young daughter, Sinead.
Her parents discovered Shauna was hit by the very rare disease when she was only 15 month’s old.
Her treatment involves travel to Britain and the United States as research continues in a bid to find a cure for the rare condition for some one hundred current sufferers.
On Sunday afternoon local rugby players staged a special match as a “fund-raiser” and on Sunday evening a group of well known sports’ personalities, took part in a public debate at the Hillgrove Hotel to raise further cash for Shauna’s Trust Fund .
Her father Declan said they were pleased by the public support and wanted to thank everyone.
And Trust Fund chairman Peadar McMahon added : “The treatment Shauna requires is very expensive but it has already led to a good improvement in her condition and her quality of life”.

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