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Cork man on the run to show support for wife Frances

A devastated CORK man who was unable to gift his wife a kidney due to complications will be attending an inspiring show of support next week.

Wesley O’Shea and wife Frances Kendellen are among the crowd attending this year’s The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon.

His charity of choice, the Irish Kidney Association, is in his heart.

Francis, from Mount Desert, suffers from a kidney disease known as IgA nephropathy, which is caused by deposition of IgA in the kidney parenchyma.

She is awaiting a kidney transplant.

Wesley had a series of hospital appointments after being found to resemble his wife.

However, their dreams were dashed when a transplant was no longer considered an option due to the presence of kidney stones in Wesley’s body.

family affair

Despite the grim news last month, Wesley and Francis remain in high spirits and are determined to raise as much money as possible for the Irish Kidney Association through the Sept. 18 marathon.

More than 60 family and friends, including cousins, Happy Feet Running Club, and parents from St. Joseph’s National School Mardyke, have come together to support Frances and those awaiting transplants.

The couple’s two children, Kate, 14, and James, 7, also pledged to be on board.

Frances Kenderen and husband Wesley O’Shea. Photo: David Keene.

Frances is excited about family matters.

“Kate will be running with me on the day.

“Our son James and his grandma set up stalls along the route for attendees to stop by and pick up snacks, bottles of water and donation cards. , We will also have banners to support people along the way.”

Frances talked about how her devoted husband has been her supporter for almost 16 months after being on the waiting list.

“He’s never been on the sidelines when it comes to what I’m going through. I thought the mini-marathon was no exception,” Francis told The Echo.

Francis hopes to share his story to ease the loneliness of others in their situation.

“I’ve never really shared my story before, so I felt like now was the perfect time,” she said of the mini-marathon.

“I remember going to a kidney clinic when I was in my 30s. Everyone was older than me, so I felt like I was the only one.

“After learning about the Irish Kidney Association, I realized how many people my age were going through a similar experience. I want to share my story because I don’t want others to feel alone. I thought.”

Couple pays tribute to IKA

Cork women attribute their strength to their children.

“James didn’t know his mother who was there before. Now all he knows is that she’s always tired and needs to sleep. But I was just laughing.”

Every day is a battle for the whole family.

“Kidney disease has limited me in many ways, especially with regards to diet. I haven’t eaten a banana in four years. It should be double boiled.

“When you’re going through something, it’s not just you. My whole family has been through this with me and they’ve been incredible.

“Mother Mary and father Christie are wonderful people.

“When I’m sick, I always appreciate the time when I have a little bit of energy.

“Anytime I need a break, they take care of my kids.”

The couple also paid tribute to the Irish Kidney Association.

“IKA supported us when my brother came from America to see if he was a match,” she said.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him either, but the Irish Kidney Association has been very supportive of us throughout the process.”

Wesley admired his wife’s immense strength. “She’s beautiful in every way and she’s always trying to help others,” he said.

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