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
"It is a lifelong condition that affects
three areas of an individual's life — social, imagination and
It was Dylan who persuaded his mother, who
has been marshall in previous years at the fun run, to take part
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