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'Daffodil' cancer centre opened in memory of brave Stephen

A NEW Irish Cancer Society (ICS) Daffodil Centre has opened at one of Ireland's biggest hospitals in memory of a young man who valiantly battled the disease.

The centre, which will provide information and support for people battling cancer, was launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork, John Buttimer, and Leslie Buckley, in memory of his nephew, Stephen Buckley.

Stephen was diagnosed with cancer and treated at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Sadly, he lost his battle for life.

The new centre, which will offer a critical onsite information service from specially trained ICS nurses and volunteers, was yesterday officially launched by Stephen's widow Anna. Also present were Mr Buckley's parents, Ray and Ann, and his uncle and aunt, Leslie and Carmel Buckley, who are major donors to the centre. CUH is the busiest hospital outside Dublin and one of Ireland's centres of excellence for cancer treatment.

Mr Buttimer said: "Information and support are vital for people diagnosed with cancer."

The lord mayor was diagnosed with cancer himself in January but is now successfully undergoing treatment.

He finishes his year as Cork's first citizen next month and has been operating to a reduced schedule of engagements over recent months.

Irish Independent