Community Rallying Around The Stapleton Family
It's everyone's worst nightmare. You start feeling unwell and take a trip to the doctor and an agonising wait for test results. What happens next is in the lap of the gods.
One Tipperary woman is currently dealing with life changing news.
Amanda Stapleton is a 31-year-old teacher from Borrisoleigh in county Tipperary.
This summer, she received the devastating news that she has an inoperable brain tumour.
She is currently undergoing treatment in London, where she has lived and worked for the past seven years and is no longer in a condition to work.
What do you do when a loved one gets news like that?
Do what you can to make them comfortable.
The Stapletons are well known and respected in the vicinity.
Amanda has two All Ireland winning brothers.
Paddy who hurled with distinction for Tipperary and Shane who made Cuala his home from home and carved out a national media career as a familiar name on the national airwaves and on the country's back pages.
Now friends and the local community have rallied around to try and help with the journey ahead.
The Borrisoleigh club have organised a hurling challenge benefit game on this Saturday November 3 at 6pm featuring some of hurling's greats.
Legends of the game from the past decade will come together for Tipperary v Kilkenny: The Legends Return.
Has there ever been a greater collection of All Ireland medal winners in the one place at the one time?
Roll on Saturday Night Lights!!! Quality line ups for @AmandaFund hundreds of All Ireland medals between em!! Tipp v Kilkenny defined hurling from 2009-16. Every league and championship clash was absorbed by a passionate audience.. One more time here we go #TippvKilkenny pic.twitter.com/EElgrlen2m— Stephen Gleeson (@StephenGtippfm) October 31, 2018
It's sure to be a fantastic night, with special jerseys for the occasion.
There is a marquee and live bands following the game. Adult tickets are €20 and under-16s are free, so go to Centra or Tickets.ie for yours.
And by the looks of things preperations are well underway.
Marquee is flying up in Borrisoleigh, and The Saint has kitted out his dog, Mick.— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) October 31, 2018
This Saturday @ 6pm, Tipp v Kilkenny: The Legends Return
I'm sure the family would appreciate anything you can contribute here.
Thoughts and prayers with Amanda and her family.