Limerick charity event set to serve 24-hour tennis match

JOHN Lawler, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, is planning a 24-hour tennis match to help raise awareness and funds for cancer care.

The 56-year-old (pictured below) was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, in January 2020.

John’s cancer is treatable but incurable and he receives weekly and monthly treatment at Limerick University Hospital.

The Dublin native lives in Adare with his wife and children who are also involved in the fundraiser.

John said: “I am overwhelmed with the specialist support and care I receive. However, funding and resources available for cancer care remain a significant challenge. So my friends and I decided to do something about it.

“The event will raise funds for cancer care and researchers to continue to advance the treatment of all cancer patients.

“The care I get at UHL is fantastic, even with Covid-19 and everything. It’s a brilliant service, but they need more money.

John will be hosting the fundraiser at his own tennis court at his home in Adare and he says that while he can’t guarantee the quality, the commitment will be 100%.

John continued: “The response so far has been brilliant. It’s really humbling to see people, especially young people, donating.

“It’s not about the quality of tennis, it’s about fundraising and being positive.

“My youngest son got his friends involved, they’re 19 so they’ll be the ones playing all night!”

John’s 24 Hour Tennis Marathon takes place May 21-22 and you can donate on the Tennis24 Adare GoFundMe page.

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