A Galway man is preparing to swim along the Shannon next year for a cause close to his heart.
Aiden Sheridan, 43, of Ballinasloe, takes up the challenge in memory of his brother, Mark, who died of cancer.
It’s not Aiden’s first extreme task to raise money for cancer departments.
When his sister, Jennifer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, from which she has since made a full recovery, he ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks. He said that shortly before his brother died, Mark jokingly asked him to do something similar for him.
“In the few days leading up to his passing he blamed me for running all 52 marathons in 52 weeks for my sister Jennifer the year before,” he said.
“He rebuffed me, saying, ‘You did that for her, what are you going to do for me now? Mark passed away in September 2017. Aiden recalls, “The nurses called early Monday morning and said to my mother,” You better come here quickly, Mark is after taking a walk. The guards gave him an escort. . My mom is a tiny, tiny woman and she wears high heels, so you would hear her coming. When he heard her high heels, he straightened up a bit. She came in, he gave her a hug and he is. deceased.
Shannon swim from Aiden is helping the Irish Cancer Society and East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support, which provided services to Mark’s wife after his death. Aiden plans to start swimming along Ireland’s longest river on July 15 and expects this to take 14 days, depending on weather conditions of course.
“I’m not nervous at all,” he said, adding, “I come up with plans and think of them afterwards.”
“I will follow the training and it will be done no matter what.”
- Donations can be made for the brave swim HERE.