IN what was one of the single most successful charity drives in Kerry this year, the 2012 Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk has raised an incredible €62,500 for the Cork Cancer Research Centre.
Over 200 participants took part in the 70km fundraising walk across the stunning Kerry Way trails between July 20 and 22, raising vital funds that will help researchers translate lab discoveries into new cancer treatment opportunities for poor prognosis and incurable cancers.
At the recent presentation of funds at Tom Crean's Fish and Wine Bar in Kenmare, general manager of Cork Cancer Research Centre, Dr Declan Soden, led a minute silence for everyone who has lost loved ones to the disease, followed by the release of over 100 balloons in their memory.
Mr Soden also extended his extreme gratitude and that of the entire research team to everyone who helped raise such an incredible amount of money to help their work. He also thanked the huge number of people who give their time annually on a voluntary basis including the organising committee, walk leaders, sweepers, ground crew and civil defence.
"The centre does not have any source of annual state funding and therefore is extremely reliant on the voluntary fundraising efforts made by the public and events such as the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk," he explained.
"The momentum provided by events such as these provides the drive and encouragement for breakthroughs to be made and for improvements to be made in the quality of life for all cancer patients."