In May of this year, the parishioners of Ballymore were devastated to learn of the death of Alison Williamson (age 31) after a long and courageous battle with a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer.  The rector, Canon Shane Forster said, “Alison was the most amazing and inspirational young woman who faced her illness with faith and determination.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and dear friend.  Alison was always positive and full of fun and never gave up in her battle with lymphoma.  She made the most of every moment of every day and touched the lives of so many people and is therefore greatly missed.” 

Alison’s husband Barry has now embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI which funds research into the causes and cures of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma in Northern Ireland. It is also the only charity in the Province solely dedicated to fighting blood cancers. 
As well as keeping Alison’s memory alive in the wider community by fundraising in her name, Barry’s hard work will also mean that individuals suffering from cancer will be able to receive help and support – something which Alison would have been really pleased about.
On 14th/15th October 2016 Barry along with his two brothers and six friends, intends to climb the four highest mountains in the UK within a 48 hour period.  A massive undertaking but for a very special and worthy cause. 
 Canon Forster said, “In Ballymore we are all very proud of Barry and extend to him our best wishes for the challenge that lies before him and also assure him of our continual prayers both for him and the family.”   

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