7 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The might of the reigning Ulster senior football champions has been put behind the wish of a four-year-old Co Monaghan boy to walk.

Captain Conor McManus and his Monaghan senior football panel colleagues took time out from the civic reception held in their honour by Monaghan Co Council in the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday to pledge their support for the campaign currently underway to raise the €80,000 necessary to help Daithi Sherry from Lossett, Stranooden have the surgery necessary to place him on the path to recovery from the debilitating effects of a form of cerebral palsy.

The happy, fun-loving and caring personality of the little boy illuminated the room as brilliantly as the photographers’ paraphernalia as he proudly posed with the Anglo-Celt Cup amid his football heroes and accepted the presentation of a special Monaghan jersey marking him out as a very special honorary recruit to the ranks of Malachy O’Rourke’s provincial kingpins.

Parents Caroline and Paul looked on proudly as their son took to being the centre of attention like a practised media veteran, pride that swelled to heartfelt appreciation as they conveyed to The Northern Standard their thanks for the considerable public efforts already underway and in planning to help Daithi’s dream of a happy future achieve realisation.

Daithi was born five weeks prematurely in Cavan General Hospital on May 1 2011, and spent the first two weeks of his life in the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

After expected developmental targets went unmet, he was diagnosed with spastic diplegia at two years old, a condition that affects Daithi’s ability to stand and is preventing him from walking unassisted.

He was recently accepted for surgery that will greatly enhance his chances of walking and standing independently. The procedure, known as SDR or Selective…


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