20 cancer cases a week diagnosed in Donegal

Mervyn & Rachel Wasson, pictured at the Relay For Life event in Letterkenny, supporting the Irish Cancer Society. (2705-GMI-47)

Mervyn & Rachel Wasson, pictured at the Relay For Life event in Letterkenny, supporting the Irish Cancer Society. (2705-GMI-47)

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With 20 cancer cases a week diagnosed in Donegal it’s little wonder donations are still coming into Relay for Life Donegal, the Irish Cancer Society’s major fundraising event held at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology last weekend.

As of Tuesday, the Donegal event had raised €202,000, and the amount continues to rise, said Robert O’Connor, Donegal Relay chairperson.

And as here were also a few events planned for Juneit’s likely the total will rise considerably.

“It’s really incredible,” Robert said. He added, “When there are 20 new cases of cancer a week in Donegal, it isn’t hard to see why Donegal people respond the way they do.”

He said the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centre, which will open in Letterkenny General Hospital in the coming months, will be an important service for the county.

The society also funds the Care to Drive scheme, which collects Donegal patients at their homes and transports them to Letterkenny General Hospital or Sligo Regional Hospital for chemotherapy, as well as the night-nurse service for Donegal cancer patients.

He said Donegal organisers have heard from Relay committees in other parts of the world who want to include Donegal’s “fight-back tree”, which was decorated by personal intentions of Donegal people, in their own events.