Former FAI President’s son to undertake swim in his memory
The former President of the FAI, will be remembered at Friday night’s World Cup qualifying match between Ireland and Wales.
A bucket collection will take place at the Aviva Stadium to support his son Alan’s fundraising efforts. Milo, who suffered a stroke in 2011, sadly passed away last August aged 65 after a short battle with cancer and Alan has set himself a target of raising €50,000 for Irish Heart (75%) and the Solas Cancer Support Centre (25%).
Keen to assist Irish Heart’s Stroke campaign and support the Solas Cancer Support Centre, which his family used, Alan will begin swimming on May 13th, swimming up to 12 hours a day in the Irish Sea until he reaches his home town of Waterford.
After Milo suffered his stroke Alan raised €15,000 in 2011 when he ran 35 marathons in 35 consecutive days to raise awareness of stroke services:
“He was always an encouraging figure in my life and ensured I had everything I needed to succeed and for that I will always be grateful,” Corcoran said.
“Losing my dad, especially in the helpless manner in which it all happened, has been the toughest experience of my life. Out of the darkness I am going through with my family I am determined to grasp any opportunity to create some positives.
“There was nothing I could do but try and comfort my dad in those heartbreaking weeks in hospital. We were all helpless. The swim is my small way of feeling like I’m taking some meaningful action.
“Football was his life. Dad was a regular at his beloved Waterford United, joining the supporters club in his youth and later serving a variety of roles including club chairman.
“He was elected FAI President in 2001 having previously served as Vice President, proving to be a hugely popular figure in all circles of Irish football due to his commitment to improving the game at every level.
“In doing this I want to do him proud again and raise vital funds for the services that assisted him and our family during difficult times.
“Fingers crossed I get there in one piece and I’m not stung by too many jellyfish along the way,” he jokes. “I’m visualising running up the slip in Dunmore East with family and friends there. It will be special.”