I had always thought I would take Mom on a holiday just to say thanks for everything she had done for me over the years. Since I’m not really much of a shopper or a spa weekend kind of guy I thought a few days walking the Camino in Spain might be something we would both enjoy and would be a good way to spend some time together; walking and chatting. But you always think you have all the time in the world and as too often happens life got in the way, the holiday never happened and time unfortunately ran out for Mom.
My mother, Ronnie Fehily, an otherwise healthy 62 year old, was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Brain Tumour (GBM) and sadly passed away after a short illness in January 2012. Brain Tumour Ireland, the first nationwide organisation dedicated to brain tumours in Ireland, has been set up by her family in her honour.
So in tribute to Mom’s strength and determined spirit, I have decided to run all 908km of the Camino past Santiago to the coast. The idea is to really put myself through a difficult challenge to raise funds and awareness for the charity. The vast distance of 908km means I will be doing the equivalent of 22 marathons in three weeks!
My final destination Finisterre, means end of the earth- and so I have called the challenge “To the End of the Earth for Ronnie and Brain Tumour Ireland”.
All donations to the Camino challenge can be made on the MyCharity page.
Thanks for your support.
Follow Niall’s journey here.
The full press release can be accessed here.