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Mum Dolores and son Dylan run for Autism

Dolores and Dylan Megaghey.A LISBURN mother and her son will be putting their best foot forward to raise money for the local Autism NI branch in next Wednesday's Lisburn Fun Run.

Dolores and Dylan Megahey from Tonagh will be taking part to raise awareness of autism and funds for their local PAPA Autism NI Branch.

Dylan was diagnosed with the condition when he was just four years old.

Dolores explained: "When Dylan was diagnosed a few years ago 1 didn't know much about autism and I joined the Lisburn Branch. The cause of autism is not known nor is there a cure but the general belief is that early diagnosis is crucial because it channels the child to the specialist services they need.

"It is a lifelong condition that affects three areas of an individual's life social, imagination and communication."

It was Dylan who persuaded his mother, who has been marshall in previous years at the fun run, to take part this year.

Dolores decided PAPA had provided her and her family with such a unique support network that she wanted to do something in return.

"You get the chance to meet other parents and you never have to explain if your child is behaving oddly." she said. "They have provided us with such a unique network." The Lisburn Branch recently held a sales of sibling workshops and monthly meetings are organised for the second Monday of each month in Warren Children's Centre. They will resume on Monday September 8. Family Fun Days have been organised for July 5 and July 26 in Lagan Valley Leisureplex with bouncy castles, ride-on carts and fun for all the family.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Dolores can ring 07759690394.

Ulster Star
13/06/2008