The Breeda Mc Grath Memorial Fund was founded by the McGrath and Leonard families in 2018 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 difficulty.
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 and 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 he put his energy into raising funds.
At the 2018 Limerick Ladies Mini Marathon 64 of Breeda’s supporters, among them Breeda’s mother 77- year-old Bridget Leonard, honoured her memory. 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 and shortly after the Breeda Mc Grath Memorial Fund was established.
The Fund has been particularly important for patients during Covid-19.
‘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.’ (Prof Seamus O’ Reilly, Consultant Oncologist)
‘The support we have received through this fund has had a meaningful impact on our family at a very challenging time.’ (Patient Quote)
Please donate to the Breeda McGrath Memorial Fund and support cancer patients in times of financial difficulty.