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Thursday, 6th December 2018

NECRET’s Service of Hope

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Pictured at the presentation of €30,000, the proceeds of the Kilmoon Barndance are (from left):   Dr David Easty, Elizabeth Summersby, Prof. Bryan Hennessy, Anna Harbison-Egan, Agnes Fox and Michael Fox.

Service of Hope for current and past patients and their families

NECRET and the Oncology and Haematology Service at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital invite those currently attending or have previously attended the Unit, to their Annual Service of Hope on Friday 14th of December at 1.00 pm in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda. Light refreshments will also be provided afterwards. No RSVP is required. 

Fundraising for cancer research work continues

NECRET stands for Northeast Cancer Research & Education Trust and its raison d’etre is to raise funds for the Oncology and Haematology Service at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, a job that continues 365 days of the year.

Two of the biggest annual fundraisers are the Tullyallen Tractor Run and the annual Kilmoon Barndance both of whom presented handsome cheques to the charity recently.

The Oncology Unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital were delighted to welcome Michael and Agnes Fox to the Unit recently, where they presented a cheque for an incredible €30,000 to NECRET on behalf of the Fox and Kerins Families who organize the annual Kilmoon Barndance.

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Speaking at the presentation Professor Bryan Hennessy expressed his great appreciation to the two families for their immense generosity in supporting NECRET's cause. He said that without such support the major strides that were being made in advancing cancer treatments would not be possible.

Tractor Run

Organised by a group of local tractor enthusiasts, the annual Tullyallen tractor run on the day after St. Stephens Day has rapidly become one of the biggest events of its kind in the Northeast if not the country.

With a huge variety of vehicles from trucks, cars, tractors and jeeps assembling at the Tullyallen Parochial Hall those participating get a chance for a catch-up and chat over refreshments before embarking on the run through the countryside.

Many spectators from Tullyallen and surrounding areas come to view the spectacle often with young children delighted to witness the incredible machines many of them decorated for the Christmas festivities.

NECRET who support cutting edge cancer and treatment in the Oncology and Haematology Unit, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital were deeply appreciative when some of the organisers Gerard Healy and Pat Barron earlier this year presented a cheque for a massive €18,540.

The organizers are looking forward to another great event on December 28th with registration opening from 12 Midday in Tullyallen Parochial Hall.

Pictured at the presention of the proceeds of last year’s Tullyallen Tractor Run (from left): Nicola Canning, Diana Rance, Gerard Healy, Grainne Hughes, Barry Matthews, Pat Barron and Elizabeth Summersby.

NECRET is currently advancing research in various cancer types and personalized therapies with Professor Hennessy highlighting their contribution towards a major, internationally recognised, development in lung cancer diagnosis which will allow some cases of lung cancer to be monitored from microscopic breath particles. Lung cancer is the cause of approximately a fifth of all cancer deaths in Ireland, and unfortunately the number of cases continues to increase by 3% annually.

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