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Black Tie Event Organised In Memory of DIT Student

DIT student Laura O’Neill lost her battle with synovial sarcoma last September 2017 aged just 22. To raise funds for the Gavin Glynn Foundation, her nearest and dearest are organising a black tie event.

Bubbly, hilarious and courageous Laura O’Neill was diagnosed with stage 4 synovial sarcoma in January 2017, and had to travel to London receive treatment. The Gavin Glynn Foundation was set up in memory of Gavin Glynn, who also had to travel to receive treatment until he passed away in 2014 at the age of 4. It was founded to help all children – between the age of 0 months to 18 years of age – in Ireland with cancer, who need support with the costs associated with accessing treatment abroad.

During her illness, Laura became an advocate for her candid and often humorous dialogue during her treatment through her personal blog,Cocktails’N’Chemo. Her inspiring story was featured in a number of media outlets including Huffington Post, The Irish Sun and all raising much needed awareness around the rare condition and what it was truly like to live with cancer at such a young age.

Tickets for The Laura O’Neill Remembrance Ball, sponsored by Haughton and Young Ltd, are on sale now and are available here.

The event will take place on Saturday June 30th in Clontarf Castle and will be hosted by SPIN 1038’s Nathan O’Reilly.

Nathan spoke about the upcoming event, “although I never met Laura, I’ve been told by those close to her that throughout her illness she was an advocate of positivity and via her personal blog, she made her rare condition known to the public; raising awareness on what it was truly like to live with cancer at such a young age. I feel honoured to be part of the event and would ask that if you can, to support it fully.”

Event coordinator Jane Keenan spoke to saying “the night will be an evening representing everything Laura was, and what she loved. We hope to raise some much needed funds for this brilliant charity”.

To donate, or for more information on this event follow them on social media or contact

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