Wednesday 24 January 2018

Wallace brothers join Rugby Legends in cycle for cancer research

Declan Rooney

They may be better known for their prowess on the rugby field, but some of Munster's former greats have teamed up with Timberland once again for the CROSS Rugby Legends cycle this month.

Last year, the Wallace brothers – Paul, David and Richard – braved the Irish roads and cycled from Malin to Mizen Head along with rugby legends Ieuan Evans, Colin Charvis and former Meath footballer Bernard Flynn, to name a few.

And this year, along with their brother Mick, the family are hoping to involve some more of the greats from the world of rugby as they raise much needed funds for Cancer Research of the Oesophagus and Stomach (CROSS) at St James's Hospital, Dublin.

Each year 30,000 new cases of the devastating disease are reported in Ireland, so every euro raised will go towards the treatment and research of the disease.

Teams from Timberland and Munster Rugby will put their levels of endurance to the ultimate test on the final stage of the cycle next Friday – the 119km leg from Killarney to Mizen Head.

Timberland and Munster Rugby will be raising funds and making a donation to CROSS to assist in their cancer research at St James's Hospital.

This is the third year Munster Rugby and Timberland have jointly supported such a fundraising initiative, with previous events including the Kerry Way Challenge for CARI and the 3 Peaks Challenge for Enable Ireland.

The CROSS charity at St James's Hospital is a focal point for cancer research that is undertaken at the Institute of Molecular Medicine located in the Trinity (College) Centre at the Hospital.

A significant element of the research programme relates to the prevention and treatment of oesophageal and stomach cancer.

But the centre also undertakes research into the prevention and treatment of cancer of the breast, colon, rectum and lung.

Irish Independent

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