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19th Jul 2015

Galway Boy Gets Day to Remember at Shannon Air Display

Stephen Reilly has an aggressive form of bone cancer

A boy from Galway battling an aggressive form of bone cancer had one of his dreams come true this weekend.

Eleven-year-old Stephen Reilly from Galway, who has fought osteosarcoma since he was six and had his right leg amputated, was taken up into the sky at Shannon Air Display.

His parents wrote to Shannon Airport before the event to ask if it would possible to organise a helicopter ride and they obliged.

Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “It was the best day ever… The helicopter ride was fantastic.  Just to see everything from way up there was great.”
Video: YouTube/John McCarthy.

His father Michael echoed his son’s sentiments, saying: “It’s just an incredible day for us.  He has been through an awful lot over the past six years… Just to see the smile on his face as we sat in and got up in the sky.”