Cancer Services Appeals
Cork University Hospital is the largest cancer-treating hospital in Ireland and the only one to house all the surgical subspecialties needed to treat every type of cancer. With the incidence of cancer predicted to double in Ireland in the next 20 years considerable ongoing investment will be needed to provide the best possible patient care.
CUH Charity endeavours to continuously support the provision of state- of-the-art equipment and facilities to cater for a growing number of cancer patients undergoing treatment at Cork University Hospital. While our ability to treat cancers continues to improve we are, as a consequence of an aging population and the identification of new cancers, being faced with an ever increasing amount of people who need treatment. Funds raised through the charity are used to enhance the facilities where people are treated and to invest in the provision of new equipment, particularly in areas where equipment can improve the ability to detect, as well as to determine, a best course of treatment for patients.
Aoife O’Sullivan Oncology Education Fund Appeal
The family of Aoife O’Sullivan, in conjunction with the Oncology Department at CUH and Cork University Hospital Charity, have set up the ‘Aoife O’ Sullivan Oncology Education Fund Appeal’ to raise funds to advance the education of nurses in the Oncology Department at Cork University Hospital.
Born in Bonane, Co Kerry, Aoife’s life ambition was to become a teacher and through her third level education in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and her Masters in Education in the University of Limerick, she achieved her goal. Aoife spent two years in Ratoath College teaching Irish and Geography. During this time Aoife’s love of teaching shone through and was particularly evident in the relationship she built up with her students and colleagues. She had great empathy with her students and in turn got the best from them – by all accounts she was a natural teacher.
Aoife was diagnosed with cancer on her 28th birthday in May 2018. When Aoife was faced with her illness she took on any setbacks with dignity and bravery, never once did she complain or say “why me”. Her mantra was – I’ve got cancer but cancer doesn’t have me. Aoife’s resilience was amazing up to the end. She received treatment both as an inpatient in GB Ward and in the Dunmanway Day Unit in CUH. The professional attention Aoife received from the entire Oncology Department was extraordinary and her family quickly realised that the Nursing Staff are a vital link in the treatment of cancer patients. Their tireless work gave them the confidence and comfort that Aoife was receiving the best care. This team of people became their new family.
Throughout Aoife’s illness her parents became aware that treatments for cancer are constantly being improved and recognised the importance of ongoing education and upskilling in this area of medicine.
“Aoife was a very special, wonderful young woman who had so much to offer to her students, friends, her parents and her brother Sean. We were very privileged and honoured to have had her in our lives albeit for too short a time. We miss her dearly. We are pleased that any funds raised in Aoife’s memory will be used for the further education of nurses in Oncology. Aoife would be so very pleased.” – Aoife’s parents, Tina and Pat O’Sullivan.
Speaking about the Fund Professor Seamus O’ Reilly, Consultant Oncologist at CUH said “Given Aoife’s own background in education and the incredible relationship she developed with so many nurses in CUH we feel it would be a very powerful initiative to set up the Aoife O’Sullivan Education Fund. Funds raised will be directly used to advance the training of nurses. Cancer treatments continue to change at pace and it is vital that all nurses are regularly refreshing their knowledge”.
As a beautiful tribute to Aoife the students and staff of Ratoath College wrote the song Amhrán Aoife.
Please support the Aoife O’ Sullivan Oncology Education Fund Appeal by making a donation today and help us to raise funds to advance the education of nurses in the Oncology Department at Cork University Hospital.
For any queries or additional information please contact the charity office at 021-4234529 or email email@example.com
Breeda Mc Grath Memorial Fund Appeal
The Breeda McGrath Memorial Fund was founded by the McGrath and Leonard families to support patients of the Dunmanway Day Unit (Cancer Services) at Cork University Hospital. It was established in loving memory of Breeda McGrath to ensure that patients undergoing cancer treatment are assisted in times of financial difficulties.
Breeda Mc Grath was from Kilfinane, Co Limerick. During her life she was always supportive of charities. Breeda developed breast cancer and underwent treatment at the Dunmanway Day Unit. At the Unit other patients would be discussing the financial burden of being unwell- the loss of income as a result of being out sick, the heating bills, the car parking charges. Sadly Breeda died in January 2018, aged 50 years. Her beloved husband Mattie said she had wanted to give something back and so put his energy into setting up the fund.
Consultant Medical Oncologist ,Professor Séamus O’Reilly said of the fund, ‘This fund is a wonderful legacy to a remarkable woman. We hope that the fund will inspire similar acts of kindness and that future donations will be made to the fund to allow others to benefit.’
At the 2018 Limerick Ladies Mini Marathon, 64 of Breeda’s supporters, among them Bridget Leonard, her 77- year-old mother, honoured her memory and kickstarted fundraising for the fund. T-shirts worn on the day had Breeda’s motto: “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up”. More than €20,000 was raised. This and further donations have helped cancer patients of the Dunmanway Day Unit.
Please donate to the Breeda McGrath Memorial Fund and support cancer patients in times of financial difficulty.