Monday 5 December 2016

Cancer survivor Noreen set for Torch of Hope relay walk

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 08/10/2016 | 21:18

Noreen McCallion
Noreen McCallion

A Breast cancer survivor will celebrate her new lease of life along with hundreds of other participants in the Torch of Hope Relay event in Dublin on Sunday.

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Noreen McCallion (40) said she feels grateful she was able to trek the Inca Trail in Peru and walk through the jungles of Colombia within a year of getting the all-clear after completing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.

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Tomorrow, two large groups of people will walk from separate locations on the northside and southside of Dublin and converge at the Sean O'Casey Bridge over the Liffey for the lighting of the Torch of Hope cauldron at 6.30pm and a celebration concert.

Noreen McCallion
Noreen McCallion

"It will be a very emotional day for everyone. It will be a chance to be with my family and others who supported me through my cancer treatment," said Noreen, a landscape gardener who lives in Portmarnock.

Cancer survivors will wear blue T-shirts and families, well-wishers, and those honouring the memory of deceased loved ones will wear white ones.

The event will raise funds for ARC Cancer Support Centres in Ireland which are a vital refuge of peace, service and encouragement for people with cancer.

Noreen was 38 when she found a lump on her breast. She underwent a lumpectomy and further treatments until all traces of cancer were gone.

"The ARC centre in Eccles Street in Dublin was a wonderful place where I received so much support," she said.

"When the treatments were complete, I joined several other breast or colon cancer patients at the marvellous Move On Programme at Dublin City University, which got us all exercising and physically fit.

"I was then able to go trekking in South America, where I felt I regained my true self."

The groups taking part in tomorrow's event will leave simultaneously at 5pm from the Wooden Bridge in Dollymount and from Blackrock Park on Rock Road.

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