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Run for Aisling!

Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 5:58pm

For parents Fergus and Therese Tanner seeing the positive change in their daughter Aisling, who suffers from a disabling condition, has been a blessing.

14 year old Aisling from Castletown, Enniskeane was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy in 2004, aged just nine months old. The disease affects all four of Aisling’s limbs.

But since beginning a new type of therapy called advanced biomechanical rehabilitation (ABR) in March 2013 in Scotland the couple have seen a marked improvement in Aisling’s condition.

ABR is a hands on manual therapy which works by remodelling and strengthening the connective tissues through a process of slow compressional movements. ABR actually changes the body’s structure positivity, re-starting the physical development process without the need for drugs, surgery or forceful intervention. It is similar to a deep tissue massage.

Since 2013, Aisling has seen improvements in her condition such as: improved position of the clavicles in her back position, improved rotation movement of the head, improved stability and position of the shoulder blades and increased opening of the spine and hugely improved speech.

The family travel to Scotland three times a year, usually in March, June and October. The cost of the three trips is €7,500 per year.

Since returning home from their most recent trip in June Fergus, Therese and Aisling have four hours of ABR therapy every day to fit in and around Aisling’s secondary school schedule.

The ABR technique consists of gentle hands on therapy using sponges, balls and other materials. Fergus and Therese have ongoing training for these techniques.

The costs of funding Aisling’s therapy are considerable and are aided both by the Aisling Tanner Fund and through the generosity of people in communities in West Cork who organise fundraising events.

One such event is the Caheragh Run 2017 which is being held Sunday 10 September at The Travellers Rest.

The Caheragh Run in aid of the Aisling Tanner Fund begins with registration at 11am that morning with the run itself to commence at 12.45pm. A barbecue and music will follow at the Travellers’ Rest pub. All are invited to join.

To donate to the Aisling Tanner Fund, send your donation to: The Aisling Tanner Fund, AIB Bank, Dunmanway Branch. Sort code 936073. Account number 05692022.

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