Community thanked for supporting Tristan’s Dream


Tristin Stewart is pictured with mum Mandy and singer Lee Matthews; dad Shane, Conor Kelly from the Fir Trees Hotel and Tristan’s grandad Derek Mullan. The family received a cheque from Lee for £7,003.00. DR58

THE family of a teen amputee from Strabane has thanked the local community for its generosity and support, following a fundraiser at the Fir Trees.

Last month, popular local singer, Lee Matthews and his band played a fundraising gig at the hotel as the Stewart family attempts to raise the requisite $35,000 to purchased a running blade for 15-year-old Tristan.

Tristan Stewart (15) last year underwent rotationplasty surgery – this involved having his right leg amputated and then his foot reattached at the knee – after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma.

However following the operation, Tristan vowed that he would one day run again and to that end, he and his family have embarked on ‘Tristan’s Dream’, a fundraising mission to enable the teen to purchase a prosthetic leg known as a blade.

A specialist unit in Boston priced the blade for Tristan and since then the family set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise the necessary monies. At the time of going to press, £3,000 had been pledged. The Fir Trees fundraiser brought home a staggering £7,003.

“We would like to thank the Fir Trees Hotel, Lee Matthews and management and support act Orlaith Furey for the great entertainment. We are so grateful to them all,” a spokesperson for the Stewart family said.

“We would like to thank Fr Boland for his lovely letter which was read out and for his close contact with Tristan and support to Tristan’s family.”

Although he couldn’t be there on the night of the fundraiser at the Fir Trees, Fr Declan Boland sent a letter of support to the Strabane teenager.

“I want people to know what a remarkable young man you are and how you have faced your illness with such courage, calm and confidence.
“Given all that you have gone through, I have never seen you down or low in spirits. You are always positive and courteous, no matter what you have to face and you are a shining example to us all.”

He added, “It is my prayer and hope that sooner rather than later your dream will be realised and you will have your blade and run again. We all look forward to that great day in the future.”

The Stewart family would also like to extend a word of thanks to all the ticket sellers, sponsors and anyone who helped out with the event.
“We extend our thanks and sincere gratitude to each and every one,” the spokesperson concluded.

To donate to the fundraising campaign, log onto the Go Fund Me page, ‘Tristin’s Dream’.

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