WIGAN Athletic player James McClean has helped to brighten up a terminally ill girl’s day.
After reading the sad tale of five-year-old Emma Cunningham-Marques, from Derry, in Ireland, who has an inoperable brain tumour, the Irish footballer contacted the family and donated a signed Republic of Ireland jersey to be auctioned off for the Hope 4 Emmy fund.
James was in America with the rest of the Republic of Ireland squad at the weekend for an international match with Costa Rica.
He initially planned to take a signed jersey and present it to Emma in hospital in New York but as it was her birthday, her medical team had agreed to let her spend some time at home in Florida.
So James was unable to meet her. But he contacted Emma’s mum, Donna, to say he would send the jersey, which was signed by all the team, to the family home in Florida and he also made, a substantial cash donation.
Her aunt, Margaret Cunningham, said: “I can’t thank James McClean enough. He went out of his way to help us and he has shown just how genuine and generous a person he is.”
For more information and to donate visit www.hope4emmy.myevent.com