Just over a year after they saved his life, little Odhran Wiley, his dad George and mum Charlene, who is Head of Talent and Customer Relations in TTM Healthcare’s Life Science Division, were back in Cork University Hospital, this time to present a cheque for over €3,000.
When he was just four days old, Charlene and George Wiley watched helplessly as their new born son, Odhran, was rushed to the Neonatal Unit of Cork University Hospital (CUH) with viral meningitis.
Brimming with gratitude for the exceptional care that Odhran received from the entire Neonatology Team, George and Charlene were determined to do something to say thank you. She explains, “The Neonatal Unit in Cork University Hospital saved our little boy and I will run for the rest of my life to raise more money for this unit.”
Lacing up their running shoes
With Odhran safely back home, Charlene and George laced up their running shoes. Together, they took on the Waterford Half Marathon, the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race, the Mallow 10 Mile Road Race and the Manchester Marathon, raising €3,126.08 for the CUH Charity as they ran.
A marathon effort
The Wileys really appreciate the support their fundraising efforts received. Charlene says, “On behalf of George, Odhran and myself, I want to say a massive “Thank you” to everyone who very generously supported us to help raise funds for the neo unit in CUH. This unit is very close to our hearts and we will be forever grateful for the special care they provided for our little man Odhran last year.”
The money raised will go towards the refurbishment of inpatient facilities in the Children’s Unit which were originally built in the 1970s and aid the transformation of the Children’s Unit into a single centre of excellence caring for children in the Munster area.