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'Overwhelmed' GoFundMe for Cork teenager injured on mountain bike raises €169K

Oisin Cahill (14) suffered a serious spinal injury and is now confined to a wheelchair

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Oisin Cahill

Oisin Cahill

Oisin Cahill

A community fundraising effort for a Cork teenager who was injured in a mountain bike accident has raised almost €170,000 in just 4 days.

Oisin Cahill (14), from Kealkill in West Cork, suffered a serious spinal injury after an accident at a mountain bike event last September and is now confined to a wheelchair.

The brave boy spent 5 months in Crumlin Children’s Hospital and is now receiving care at Dun Laoghaire National Rehabilitation Hospital.

A GoFundMe page was set up over the weekend to help cover “ongoing rehabilitation and equipment costs” so that Oisin can “ensure a full and independent life.”

The money will also go towards extending and modifying Oisin’s home to support his long-term recovery journey.

The fundraiser has raised €169,810 out of a goal of €175,000 to date with over 2,000 people donating to the cause.

Oisin’s family have said that they are “overwhelmed” by the generous donations that they have received over the past few days.

Writing on the GoFundMe page, they said: “We are completely overwhelmed and amazed at the kindness and support we have received so far... There are no words that will properly convey our gratitude to each and every person who has donated so incredibly generously!!

“Due to the success we are hopeful to raise more to help with the redevelopment of the house...

“We are going to aim a little higher for this guy and hope to push further for him!! On behalf of Oisín... Thank you all so so much!!”

Rory Doody of Bantry Bay RFC, Oisin’s rugby club, said the response so far has been “amazing” and said that Oisin could be coming home from Dun Laoghaire in the next 6 to 8 weeks.

“The community here has been very anxious for the fund-raising to start because everybody wants to support Oisin and his family,” he told Cork Beo.

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“The progress he has made so far has been exceptional, the hard work he has put in, he has exceeded every milestone in his recovery.

“Everybody here wants to make sure that the house is ready for him now, that he has what he needs to continue that recovery, we all want to give him the very best support that we can.”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so here.

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