Faughs man, Jason “Jazza” Hughes is taking part in a very special charity match on Bank Holiday Monday in Portlaoise. All players in the match have battled cancer in the past and the match will raise much needed funds for St Lukes and St James hospitals in Dublin. Legendary GAA figures Mick O’Dwyer and Brian Cody will manage the teams on the day. Details on how to support the match are at the bottom of the article. Well done Jazza and best of luck on the day. (Also best of luck to the fella who you will be marking on the day!)
Jason Hughes is from Monaghan and he is married to Andrea. They have three children Hazel, Alfie and Judy. This is his story.
“I have represented my county for a number of years and I retired from senior club football last year. I am currently manager of the Castleblayney minors. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July 1998 when I was 21. The cancer then went secondary to both of my lungs. I subsequently underwent six months of chemotherapy followed by three operations over a fourteen month period.
I recovered from cancer and I got back to full training with my beloved Castleblayney Faughs. We went on to win another senior club championship in 2000. I won county player of the year in 1995 and 1996 and a further two in 2001 and 2003 whilst representing my county in mid field for 5 years. I have competed in eight marathons and various cycling charity events to date and I have no intention of stopping! Live is for living
Jason is taking part in the Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup on the 5th of May in O’Moore Park. Tickets can be purchased on the day or from www.charitygaamatch.com