A Roscommon mother who lost her daughter to 'strep A' in March is hoping to raise awareness around the infection.
Five year old Kate Molly Colum from Strokestown passed away at Sligo Hospital on March 31st having contracted the bacterial infection.
Her mother Claire says Kate Molly who was born with down syndrome was a healthy child and full of energy.
She's now encouraging parents to be aware of the symptoms of the infection and don't be hesitant to ask questions.
The annual Sliabh Ban 10k race will take place this Sunday with all profits going to Down Syndrome Roscommon.
Speaking to Shannonside FM News Claire made this appeal.
'If people go into hospital and maybe if its a bit unexplained, if they have a lot of symptoms that feel like cold or flu or they can't put their finger on it.
Don't hesitate, and question everything. It's no harm to ask the doctors, and say could this be Strep A? Could this be Sepsis? Because there are no second chances with this.
I'd like to urge all parents to remember that, to make the most of every moment with their children because you never know when it is going to be your last.'
Tommy Stenson has been speaking to Claire about her daughter Kate: