Local boy receives Child of Courage
Trust president Kate Smith hands
over the Child of Courage
certificate to Patrick McCann.
Looking on are proud parents
Patricia and William and
brothers Jack and David.
A REMARKABLE young Ballinderry boy who lives
his life to the full despite suffering from juvenile arthritis
has received a William Trust Award at a glittering event at the
A determined Patrick McCann (8) still takes
part in the same activities of other boys his age.
He plays football for Glenavy GAA team and
loves to help out on the family farm and has now received a
Children of Courage merit award.
The William Keown Trust is an independent
charity set up to recognise the personal achievements of people
with disabilities and awards children for their personal
Patrick, from Feumore Road, has lived with
the condition most of his life and was diagnosed at the age of
two yet he refuses to let it prevent him from taking part in
activities that he loves.
Despite the condition his family say that he
still manages to cope well and always has a philosophical
outlook about the nature of his treatment.
As well as playing football, his favourite
sport, Patrick often helps out on the farm. He especially likes
animals and even has his own hens and donkeys.
He recently received a certificate at school
commending him for his willingness to help other children and
Patrick received his certificate at an award
ceremony at the Europa Hotel on June 12 in front of 300 guests
including World Disabled Water Ski champion Dr Janet Gray and
Gene Fitzpatrick who was the master of ceremonies.