The Affidea ExpressCare Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin races is sure to be another hit this year with a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Family Fun Run returning to the city this weekend, August 11-12.
In addition to one of Ireland’s biggest bands The Blizzards headlining the Finish Line Concert in Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday, live bands of every genre will play along the race course to entertain both runners and spectators.
One teen who is guaranteed to have a good time again this year is thirteen-year-old Patrick Kehoe from Dundalk. Patrick, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis four years ago following an MRI, after breaking his femur while playing in the garden on Easter Sunday 2014.
He is one of 1,200 children living with juvenile arthritis in Ireland and has since been diagnosed with osteopenia. He now receives steroid injections to relieve his pain every two to three weeks.
His mother Elaine said; “Patrick’s been through so much in his short life, starting with open heart surgery when he was just six months old. He’s had screws inserted into both of his ankles due to low muscle tone, admitted to hospital numerous times when he was younger with pneumonia as a result of his heart problems, and now his arthritis. He’s non-verbal, so he can’t tell us he’s in pain, which makes it even harder to watch.”
“But, he’s a fighter,” she continued. “He just gets on with things. He loves running around and playing with his sisters, which is why the Family Fun Run is perfect for him and for us. He tires easily, so we can bring his wheelchair when he needs it, but he loves being part of the fun. We all had such a blast last year – our whole family was there, so there were about twenty of us in total and we took over the Affidea marquee!”
“We can’t wait for it again this weekend, it’s the highlight of our summer.”
Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy a great weekend ahead of The Pope’s visit! Be sure to drop by our #AffideaFamily marquee at the finish line festival for some free refreshments and to take a picture against our photo backdrop, which is always a huge hit with the crowds.