The Dublin City Marathon takes place this weekend on Sunday October 29.

A Westport native will be running the marathon in memory of her late brother, to raise money for Mayo Roscommon Hospice.

William Sheridan passed away last year in the care of Mayo Hospice at the age of 31.

His sister, Marian O’Malley will run the marathon and has a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the organisation.

On the GoFundMe page, Marian describes the late Willam as ‘the jewel in the crown’ of her family’s home on Altamont Street.

William was born on November 6, 1990 and It was discovered that he has an extra chromosome, which Marian wrote “was a big shock, but very quickly we learned that his extra chromosome just meant that he was extra special.”

William attended St Brid’s Special School in Castlebar from age six to 19, and later he went to Carrowbeg Enterprises where he lived a life of “fun, independence and inclusivity.”

Despite his illness throughout his years, he never gave up and lived every day of his life with great effort.

Marian’s fundraiser has raised over €6,000 for Mayo Roscommon Hospice so far.

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