A nine-year-old girl who set herself a mission of collecting every GAA jersey in Ireland while battling leukaemia has been declared cancer-free.
Róisín Price from Co Tipperary was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in February 2015.
After the cancer returned last year, the huge GAA fan set herself the challenge of collecting jerseys from every county in the country.
Newstalk Technology Correspondent Jess Kelly put out the call on social media, and before long, Róisín had not only received every country jersey, but dozens of other special gifts from around the world – including signed jerseys, specially-designed cakes and teddy bears.
Yesterday, she had this message to share with the world.
Here’s some good news to make your day from Róisín, the young girl we collected the jerseys for... pic.twitter.com/03EZHV8noE
— Jess Kelly 👩🏻💻 (@jesskellynt) April 13, 2021
In an update, her mother wrote: “After a long three weeks waiting for results, we found out this morning that Róisín has no detectable Leukaemia cells.
“She is in remission and cancer-free. For now, the plan is to continue monitoring closely and have bone marrow samples taken every month for six months.
“Words cannot describe how we feel. It is such a relief to get great news.
We now have more than 100 jerseys! pic.twitter.com/NNsRZr52Xs
— Jess Kelly 👩🏻💻 (@jesskellynt) November 24, 2020
“Róisín continues to show how strong and brave she is and I am in awe of her. Her determination cannot be matched. She is an inspiration to me and everyone.”
She noted that “tomorrow is never promised” but said the family will continue to “celebrate every happy day that comes our way.”
A GoFundMe campaign, 'Róisín's Relentless Fight', set up by Róisín's family to help raise money for her treatment has reached close to €22,000.