September 28, 2020
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Calling all Wicklow cancer survivors – new initiative aims to celebrate your achievements

Pictured: cancer survivors Therese Cahill and Lucy Fahy calling for creative people who have survived or are living with cancer to get involved with a new collaborative initiative being launched by Breakthrough Cancer Research. Pic: Gerard McCarthy 

Cancer survivors in Wicklow are being called on to take part in a new initiative that celebrates the many amazing things that survivors do, make, create, and contribute to society.

Breakthrough Cancer Research is also seeking people who are living with cancer to get involved in the programme.

“Have you survived cancer or are you currently going through treatment?” asks Orla Dolan, CEO of the Breakthrough Cancer Research.

“Are you a crafts person, a maker, designer, painter, innovator, musician or involved with the creation of a product?  If so, Breakthrough Cancer Research wants to hear from you.”

Breakthrough Cancer Research is country’s only charity focusing on funding world-class research into poor prognosis difficult to treat cancers.

There are currently 173,000 cancer survivors in Ireland, nearly 4% of the population, and that number is set to increase thanks to pioneering medical research.

This new initiative will not only highlight how research enables cancer patients to be treated more effectively and increases survival rates, but it will also showcase all the amazing things that survivors do and the talent and colour they bring to the world simply by being in it.

“Many cancer survivors are already producers, tech innovators, business people or creatives,” Orla adds.

“Their journey can often mean they return to work, sports or interests with a new perspective, with many applying their creativity, talents or skills in different ways.

“We all benefit from survivor’s contributions to our everyday life – yet often it goes unrecognised.”

If you are interested in getting involved or know someone who might be, get in touch by calling 021 4226655 or 1890 998 998 or email survivor@breakcancer.ie.

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