Maria is grateful to Kerry Cancer Support

Fergus Dennehy

A Kerry woman has gone above and beyond to help give back to services that helped her during her time of need, by presenting a cheque for €3,650 to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Maria O'Sullivan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this time last year, said that she never expected to be told she had cancer, describing it as a "life-changing moment" hearing those words from her doctor.

After undergoing gruelling sessions of chemotherapy and radium treatment, Maria decided to hold a fundraising tractor run for the two services that made her cancer journey that little bit easier: Kerry Cancer Support Group and Recovery Haven Kerry.

Maria is heavily involved with the Barraduff Tidy Village group, and so it made perfect sense that she would marry her close ties with the area to a vintage tractor/car run which was held on February 10.

The event was a huge success, raising almost €3,650, which Maria recently presented to Breda Dyland and the team at Kerry Cancer Support Group.

"There are so many people out there that I have to thank because without their help and their kindness, we wouldn't have had this fundraiser," said Maria.

"There are lots of people to thank, including the Barraduff Tidy Village group; the Barraduff Community Field organisation; Barraduff National School; Gneeveguilla GAA; Murphy's Bar in Barraduff; and so many more, including all of the sponsors that we had," she said. Maria said that she would like to thank everyone who donated and helped out on the day. 

"The €3,650 will help other people on their cancer journey," she said.