Lucan woman aims to raise vital funds for CRY Ireland

by Rachel Darcy

A 25-year-old medical student from Lucan is raising funds for CRY Ireland, after being diagnosed last year with a cardiac condition.

Shannon Kelly is raising funds for CRY Ireland (Cardiac Risk in the Young) who offers free cardiac screening services and emotional support to families that have been affected by sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Shannon is an elite triathlete and was due to compete in France last year when her bike sponsor, Estrella Bikes, insisted on her getting a pre-participation cardiac screening. After receiving an ECG and Echo in the Beacon Clinic, they found a rare clot in her right atrium. She took a year out of college for treatment and was given the all-clear in January.

Shannon said: “I often thought about what would’ve happened if I didn’t have the opportunity to get screened privately. I then found CRY Ireland, who offer the same screening services for families affected and for those who may be at risk. My bike sponsor, Estrella and I are hoping to raise €2,000 for CRY Ireland to help them save young lives like mine and support those who have been affected.”

Shannon Kelly

Lucia Ebbs, CEO of CRY said “We are delighted that Shannon and Estrella Bikes are hosting this fundraiser. With many of our fundraisers being postponed due to Covid-19, fundraisers like Shannon’s allow us to continue to provide free screening services and emotional support to families affected.”

This year, Shannon is getting a new sponsored bike with the bespoke paint detail with #HeartHealth, to create awareness of cardiac risk in the young and the importance of cardiac screenings.

Estrella Bikes are also giving away a bespoke carbon bike frame worth almost €2500. To be in a chance of winning, Shannon is asking people to donate on her fundraising page, follow Estrella Bikes on Facebook or Instagram @Estrella_bikes and comment on social media using the hashtag #hearthealth and tag 3 friends.

The winner will be drawn on Sunday 31st January 2021 and Donations can be made online at: https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11390348_shannon–kelly-s-page.html

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