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Saturday 23 June 2018

'I lost my dad to the illness' - Irish comedian PJ Gallagher on how his father died of cancer

PJ Gallagher, exasperated headmaster Brian in RTE’s Young Offenders, and Chris Walley and Alex Murphy, teenage terrors Jock and Conor. Photo: Andres Poveda
PJ Gallagher, exasperated headmaster Brian in RTE’s Young Offenders, and Chris Walley and Alex Murphy, teenage terrors Jock and Conor. Photo: Andres Poveda

Irish comedian and star of RTE’s Young Offenders PJ Gallagher lost his father to cancer nearly 20 years ago.

“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and I lost my dad to the illness,” he said, when promoting this year’s Colour Dashes, fundraising events organised by the Irish Cancer Society.

“Colour Dash is a fantastic opportunity for families in Ireland to enjoy a fun day out, while helping the 40,000 people who will get a cancer diagnosis this year.”

Averil Power, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society said: “As the number of Irish people with cancer increases, record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for information, care and support.”

“Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on money raised through events like Colour Dash to fund vital lifesaving cancer research and services such as our Night Nurses, Volunteer Drivers and Freephone Cancer Nurseline. Inject some colour into your summer by taking on a Colour Dash and show your support for people affected by cancer.”

Sign up now at cancer.ie/colourdash as spaces for each Colour Dash are limited and expected to sell out again this year. Registration is €30 per person, and €5 for children under 12.

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