Canoeists hold charity event for brave Joe

Canoeists taking part in Saturday's charity event in aid of The Joe McGarrigle Stayin' Alive Fund.
Canoeists taking part in Saturday's charity event in aid of The Joe McGarrigle Stayin' Alive Fund.
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On Saturday last, 32 people set off from Lifford Bridge to canoe to the Loughs Agency Headquarters in Derry to raise further funds for Joe McGarrigle.

Strabane man Joe (31) has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time, but this time he has been told it is terminal. 

Joe was diagnosed with the Nasopharyngeal strain of cancer last year and sadly because of the aggressive nature of the illness, he has been given less than a year to live.

Joe and his family have not taken this news lying down and have initiated a fundraising drive to try to raise money for alternative methods of treatment. 

So far, the fundraising has been nothing short of phenomenal with just under £90,000 being raised by people in Strabane and further afield for “The Joe McGarrigle Stayin’ Alive Fund.”

Joe’s family say he is scheduled for more scans and his fourth batch of chemotherapy this week.

“It will also, hopefully, provide more positive news in relation to further reducing the tumour,” said a family member.

“He is still in great form and is continuing to draw positivity from the people of Strabane and further afield who are quite frankly amazing.

“We would just like to once again say that we are eternally grateful for your efforts and support.”

The canoes for Saturday’s event were sponsored by Just Kayak, Moville, and safety boats on the day were provided by the Loughs Agency and Strabane Sub Aqua. 

Organiser Laura McCready says that, without the help of these organisations, the charity event would not have been possible.

You can follow the success of “The Joe McGarrigle Stayin’ Alive Fund” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joemcgarriglestayingalive which has attracted more than 1,700 members around the world. You will also find a link to the PayPal account that has been set up for donations.