President pays tribute to cancer support volunteers
CANCER survivors who give their time to help others through a difficult diagnosis and treatment were honoured yesterday.
President Mary McAleese met with hundreds of Irish Cancer Society (ICS) patient support volunteers at a special event in Dublin to honour their contribution to those who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Among them was Dick Murray from Carlow, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1993. The father-of-two underwent surgery and chemotherapy and is now free of the disease.
"I felt quite alone on the hospital ward . . . Years later when I saw the ICS were looking for volunteers I jumped at the chance," he said.
Now Dick regularly meets with people who have been diagnosed.
"People still think cancer is a death sentence, but then they meet someone like me who has been through it and . . . come out the other side."