Ulster GP: Michael Dunlop raising awareness of seriously ill toddler

Michael Dunlop is carrying the 'Race for Annie' logo on his BMW Superstock machine
Michael Dunlop is carrying the 'Race for Annie' logo on his BMW Superstock machine

Michael Dunlop is leading a fundraising effort for a seriously ill young Plumbridge girl at this week’s Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix.

Two-year-old Country Tyrone toddler Annie Dee Quinn is suffering from a rare blood disorder and Dunlop and his mechanic, Mark ‘Big Man’ Kelly, learned of her plight on a trip to Oulton Park earlier this season after meeting Annie’s parents on the flight.

Little Annie is missing an enzyme in her blood, which breaks down toxins in the body, causing a build-up of toxins that harm the vital organs. Without a successful bone marrow transplant, her life expectancy is sadly very short.

Annie was transferred to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in March 2014 for a transplant and a suitable bone marrow match was found through the Anthony Nolan Trust. 

She returned home in May last year following intense medical support, however, weeks later the family was informed that the transplant had failed. 

Annie was transferred back to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.  Her condition deteriorated and she was admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and placed on life support for 74 days. 

During this time, Annie received her second bone marrow transplant, which again was found through the Anthony Nolan Trust. 

She returned to Belfast via Air Ambulance in January and has recently been discharged home, where she requires round the clock care from her parents Damian and Donna. 

Road racing star Dunlop is running a logo on his BMW Superstock machine at Dundrod this week to help raise awareness of Annie’s condition and a fundraising page can be reached at the following link http://www.gofundme.com/yzaj3h9 where donations can be made.