CPL. Ciara M. Durkin
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Last updated December 2, 2009
The Durkin Family participates in the Quincy Medical Center's Cancer Walk.
Since September 28, 2007, the Durkin Family has been involved in several memorials in Ciara's name.
Ciara is honored at a New England Patriots Game.
The Durkin Family organizes a Toy Drive.
Reebok awards a grant which is donated in Ciara's honor.
An i C.A.R.E donation is made in Ciara's name.
A brick is laid in the Korean War Memorial in Ciara's name.
Ciara is honored at the Boston Pride Parade.
Ciara is honored at the Quincy Flag Day Parade.
A scholarship is awarded in Ciara's name.
Family friend, Máirtín Tom Sheáinín, is awarded for journalistic excellence
in covering Ciara's story.
Also, we've shared some of our favorite pictures of Ciara.
Click here to see the pictures...
(Click the links below to see more.)
A tree is planted in Ciara's name.
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About Ciara
As many of you know, each year our family and friends participate in a walk to raise money for cancer prevention. Our mother, Angela, and our sister Deirdre, are both breast cancer survivors, but we had been doing this walk for many years before Deirdre's diagnosis. In fact, it was this Medical Center that detected Deirdre's cancer early which prevented it from spreading.
Like last year, the walk was especially dear to our hearts because it coincided with
the second anniversary of our darling sister Ciara's passing. Ciara died in Afghanistan
on the 28th of September, 2007. While Ciara was in Afghanistan, she made an online donation with the dedication: "I give because I learned to stay strong
here in Afghanistan because of your courage. I love you".
In honor of Ciara, the hospital's Cancer Resource Library been renamed
the "Ciara Durkin Resource Center."
Joining our team of walkers this year was our mother. She
participated in the walk for the second time, in memory of Ciara.
We wish to thank all those who donated.
The Durkin Family Participated in the
2009 Quincy Medical Center's Cancer Walk
We have heard from some members of Ciara's "army family," and their stories and reminiscences have brought us great comfort. We look forward to hearing from other soldiers who served with Ciara, especially those soldiers of whom she spoke often and with such fondness. Any communications will be treated with confidentiality. Please email us by clicking the link below if you wish to contact the family.
Ciara's "Army Family"
We've added some information on Ciara's interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
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On Saturday, December 5th, at 12:00pm, we will proudly host the 3rd Annual Toy Drive in memory of our sister CPL. Ciara Durkin.

As many of you may know, Ciara was an avid sports fan, so we'll have the New England Patriots Cheerleaders! Bring your camera, as everyone will have a chance to get their picture taken with the Cheerleaders.

The Toy Drive will benefit Toys for Tots and the Quincy Crisis Center.

The Toy Drive will start at 12:00pm, and end at 2:00pm. It will be held at the Kennedy Senior Center, located at 440 East Squantum Street in Quincy, MA.
3rd Annual Ciara Durkin Toy Drive
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Click here to see a map of the Kennedy Senior Center.