Dylan Mc Carthy is a 16 year old from Mahon, who was born with a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). This is an inherited condition that affects the body’s connective tissues. Connective tissue is responsible for supporting and structuring our skin, blood vessels, bones, and organs. This is a progressive condition that is caused by a defect in collagen production. Which means that Dylan has no collagen in his ligaments, therefore, he dislocates his joints on a regular basis and unfortunately, this is happening more regularly. As you can imagine this is extremely painful and the more often it happens the more pain Dylan is in.
Dylan loves sports and especially athletics where he competes in the discus, javelin and shot putt. To date, Dylan has represented Ireland twice at international competitions in Prague and Holland. Taking home the silver medal on both occasions in the shot putt. Dylan has also won several awards in Ireland for his sporting achievements, including coming second in the overall athlete of the year in 2016’s Grand Prix season. Dylan has been training for an upcoming International competition in Portugal this coming December.
Up to the end of 2016 athletics season, Dylan competed as a standing athlete but by the start of 2017, his condition had deteriorated. He is now in a wheelchair full time and has to compete as a seated athlete. As a result, different equipment has to be sourced to ensure Dylan can keep competing in the sports he loves to the best of his ability as a seated athlete. Recently Dylan has received his own personalised throwing frame that is built specifically for him along with other equipment, including a special protective case for the frame. All of these expenses add up and make it difficult for Dylan’s parents Sandra and Michael Mc Marthy to cover the costs.
We’re proud to be involved in helping this young man to fulfill his love of sports and to represent Ireland on the international stage. Raffle tickets will be available from St. Michael’s on Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd of September to help raise money to cover the costs. The prize is for a fantastic hamper!