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They were both in New York last week for the American Ireland Fund dinner, not looking for sympathy or concern but rather to tell their story of Liam’s Lodge, their $6 million project aimed at helping other families all over Ireland who have children with incurable diseases and who desperately need a place of respite to stay when dealing it.
“Mary and I wished there was a facility like this for people like us, to give people the break they need. It is not a lot to give people a week’s break to help them to keep going through the year,” Heffernan explained. “Hopefully, Liam will get to see this open, but it's against the odds for him to survive more than 12 to 18 months."
Tony pauses for a moment. “I know I’ll soon be carrying another little white coffin” he says, his voice breaking. “I just hope no other family in the future will have to go through what we have gone through.”
It is always gratifying when truth gets a day out.
He and devoted wife Geraldine and extended family have everyone’s good wishes in the newest phase of their lives.
Northern Ireland still has to learn that reality. Hopefully this week’s events will help that along too.
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