Local Community Spirit Helps Leukaemia and Myeloma Research

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Professor O’Dwyer, with sisters Michelle Bell, Martina Kennedy and Sharon Herr from Cloonacool, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo
Professor O’Dwyer, with sisters Michelle Bell, Martina Kennedy and Sharon Herr from Cloonacool, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

Leukaemia and myeloma research efforts in Galway have received a huge boost with a generous donation of €12,500 by the Cloonacool Community in Co. Sligo.

The money raised was donated to Galway University Foundation to support research at NUI Galway and Galway University Hospitals facilitated by Professor Michael O’Dwyer.

The fundraising took place initially following the personal experiences of local families who had loved ones diagnosed with leukaemia. It soon gathered momentum through a table quiz in Brennans of Cloonacool, and culminated in an outdoor event ‘The Westport Sea2summit Challenge’.

‘The Westport Sea2summit Challenge’ saw 23 people undertake a gruelling 4km run, 8 km cycle, 3km ascent and descent of Croagh Patrick, 8 km cycle and finally a 4 km run to Westport.

To add to the monies collected, The South Sligo Gun Club contributed €1200.

Professor Michael O’Dwyer and his research team are extremely grateful for the donation: “We are trying to improve the outcomes for those diagnosed with leukaemia and myeloma. Every euro raised is really appreciated and will help us in our research efforts. I applaud the community of Cloonacool for their extreme and inventive fundraising efforts. For us and the patients, knowing we have that kind of moral support is something you can’t put a price on.”

To support leukaemia and myeloma research at NUI Galway please visit www.guf.ie  

 

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Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway
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