This is Abigail Curtin - O'Çonnell. She is a very sociable girl and has Down Syndrome. She has multiple heart defects and has had many operations to fix them. She is getting by with only one half of her heart working properly but is doing very well and is a very happy and healthy looking little girl.
Abigail likes mixing with people and taking care of babies and anyone who looks like they might be in need of a hug. She loves music dancing and swimming but her favourite thing in the world is her iPad which she uses to browse all her favourite videos on youtube.
Abigail goes to school in Scoil Eannna which is part of the cope foundation. She loves school and can't wait to get on the school bus every morning.
Her main challenges at the moment are developing her independence skills, feeding, speaking, dressing and the like but she is progressing well with all of these.
Abigail is now nine and has another brother Matthew since the last year.. She is extremely caring and loves spending time with the two boys. Abigail is still dancing doing hip hop which is her favourite thing to do and has gotten new awards this year for it. Abigail made her communion in may and this was so special to us all.
Abigail avails of most of the services Down Syndrome Ireland provide in Cork such as speech therapy, physio, occupational therapy and school.
I am delighted she and her family are allowing me to ride the Tour de Munster for her.
On Wednesday August 5th, i will embark on a 760km journey through all the counties of Munster that will last five days culminating with an ascent of the viciously steep and much vaunted " Patricks Hill " in Cork City.
I will be joining 120 cyclists in this, the 15th edition of "the Tour de Munster".
On Thursday September 24th i will travel to Dublin and ride 680km through all the counties of Leinster in the second "the Tour de Leinster" to again raise funds for Down Syndrome.
I am taking these challenges on to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland to help them provide much needed services for those affected by this debilitating condition in Cork City.
I am hoping to raise at least €1500 for Down Syndrome and Abigail
100% of all the donations i receive will go directly to provide these services.
I personally will cover all of the costs related to doing these cycles which include food, accomodation, cycling gear and training rides which will amount to over €1500.