Sharon’s life – CMML

We created a Christmas Jumper Fundraiser

In March of 2021, Sharon’s life and that of her family changed forever. She was diagnosed with CMML at the young age of 47.
Following an admission into St. James’ Hospital, the search began for a bone marrow transplant donor. Thankfully one of her siblings was the match.

Sharon underwent her bone marrow transplant in September 2021 following several months of conditioning chemotherapy treatment.
While initially the transplant was a success, this was not to be when several months post transplant, she relapsed into CMML.

Caroline, Ann, James, Sharon, Deirdre and Jimmy

Sharon spent the next year and a half under the watchful eye of the Haematology Oncology Department in St. James’ Hospital, who despite knowing that her time was limited, never gave up fighting for her, and fighting with her. She continued to receive treatment, blood transfusions and platelet transfusions, and often tried new trial drugs. Sharon knew her time was coming to an end in February 2023, and she went home to spend her final days with her family. She passed on February 11th 2023 leaving behind a loving and devoted husband, three adoring children, and three beloved grandchildren. She also left behind her heartbroken parents, siblings, relatives, and many many friends.

Grace, Daryl, Andrew, Brian and Sharon

Sharon was a kind and compassionate woman, who was always there to lend a helping hand. She worked for many years in the local SuperValu. Her favourite time of the year had always been Christmas. As a family, we struggled when the time was approaching to get through the festive season, but we knew, for her, this was something we had to celebrate. Together with the local SuperValu in Monasterevin, Certa Oil (where her husband works) and Holy Angels in Carlow (where her sister-in-law works), we created a Christmas Jumper Fundraiser. The aim was for the staff in each company to wear a jumper and donate a small amount of money in her honour on December 15th 2023. The result was countless people from all over the country donating money in her honour, which is a testament to the woman she was and always will be.

On December 15th 2023, we raised €8,500 in her memory.

Brian and Sharon

We knew straight away we wanted to donate the money to the Denis Burkitt Ward in St. James’ where Sharon had her transplant. We as a family know just how hard the staff work in this ward with the complications of bone marrow transplants, and we know the loneliness often felt by the recipients on this ward while they fight their own battles. So this money is for those people, the recipients of bone marrow transplants, to make their time in Burkitt’s somewhat less lonely and easier.