Cycle to raise funds for cancer care
Thirty cyclists will embark on a novel 270km trip from the Wild Atlantic Way to the capital's coastline in aid of cancer support for the midlands next weekend.
The Coast2Coast Cycle for Cancer Care participants will dip their back wheels in Oranmore on Saturday morning and their front wheels in Malahide the following afternoon.
The event, launched by RTÉ news anchor Eileen Dunne and Sunday Independent sports editor John Greene, will raise vital funds for an MRI scanner at Regional Hospital Mullingar and LARCC Cancer Support Sanctuary in Multyfarnham, Ireland's only cancer support centre.
Event co-ordinator Frank Dillon says the MRI scanner would be a "major breakthrough" in diagnostic procedures for Westmeath, Longford and the greater midlands region. "Presently, adults seeking a non-emergency scan must wait up to one year, while children must wait up to two years. When the machine is in place, it will have the most up-to-date equipment and facilities," he says.
Today, just two of the HSE's designated cancer centres have a psycho-oncology department to manage emotional and psychological distress caused post-diagnosis. Both centres are based in Dublin. In 2016, it cost LARCC €230,000 to provide crucial counselling, therapies and treatments to cancer patients and their families - 80pc was generated from fundraising.
"There is an acute need for holistic care post-diagnosis, that is why LARCC Cancer Support Sanctuary is so special and important," says Frank.
For further details, contact Frank Dillon on 087-6443742, event PRO Claire Mc Cormack, on 087-1245347, check out 'Coast2Coast Cycle for Cancer Care' on Facebook, or follow '@Coast2Coast____' on Twitter.
Sunday Indo Sport