Mickey in 99 red balloon campaign

Mickey Ferry supports the #99 red balloon campaign at the Peace Bridge in Derry. ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Mickey Ferry supports the #99 red balloon campaign at the Peace Bridge in Derry. ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

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A Strabane musician has backed a new campaign to raise awareness of blood cancers.

We’ve all heard the famous catchy 99 Red Balloons song by Nena.

But the song’s title is now the catchline to a new campaign launched by a Northern Ireland charity.

Mickey Ferry (pictured) visited Derry’s iconic Peace Bridge this week to celebrate blood cancer charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI’s year-long #99RedBalloons campaign.

The charity has been visiting iconic landmarks around Northern Ireland to represent the 99 people who are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma every month in Northern Ireland.

Mickey was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002 and has been in remission since 2008.

The campaign has also visited Mussenden Temple in Castlerock and the Giant’s Causeway.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI’s sponsored walk in Derry in March raised a grand total of £2,437.

To donate to the charity, text BALL06 £5 to 70070 and make a difference today. For more information, please visit www.leukaemiaandlymphomani.org