Feb 4, 2021

Cancer Sequencing Fundraising Update - Feb 2020

Our fundraising efforts culminated with the recent purchase the “Ion Torrent Genexus Integrated Sequener” machine, a new innovative machine currently unavailable to cancer patients in Cork. The machine is located in CUH, where Karen spent her final two months, under the expert guidance of Medical Oncologist Dr. Dearbhaile Collins and Clinical Director for Cancer Services, Dr. Richard Bambury. Dr. Collins specialises in gynaecological malignancies, including Ovarian Cancer. This state of the art technology will analyse cancer mutations and find new “precise” treatments for patients. Unfortunatley the machine is not yet in service due to the challenging Covid circumstances at CUH. We expect that this will change in the coming months.

Project work has been limited somewhat and we have been unable to meet for a photoshoot with CUHC following a significant donation to purchase the machine for CUH. We expect to meet with them when full lockdown restrictions ease in Ireland in the coming month or two. We will then publicize the machine purchase on our website and on social media. In the meantime we will continue to raise funds which we will hold and put towards research and/or supporting ongoing costs for the machine. 

We raised over €80,000 to donate to CUH for this critical technology. The machine is purchased in Karen's name and oince commissioned will leave a lasting legacy to cancer patients in the Cork and wider Munster region.

Thanks to everyone for your support. All of your donations are going direct to this machine or supporting costs. We expect that in our next update we will be providing further good news on commissioning this machine. 

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Dec 14, 2020

Home to Home Charity Cycl

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Martin completed the Karen Fenton cycle challenge from Cork (Karen's home) to Dublin (Howth Road, where Karen lived before taking ill) on August 26th, 2020. Karen was due to turn 47 on August 27th so would have been an apt date for the cycle. However, it was brought forward by a day given poor weather forecast on Thursday 27th.

This was a tough 278km cycle, time on the bike was 10hrs 40minutes. It was an early start for Martin setting out before 6.30am with arrival on Howth Road in Dublin at 7.50pm.

It was a significant challenge but all worth it as we continue to raise funds for a state of the art cancer sequencing machine for CUH that will be purchased in Karen's name and will leave lasting legacy for cancer patients in Cork and wider Munster region.

The cycle challenged raised €5119.49 (including donations separate to GlobalGiving) whihc has been put towards the purchase of a vital cancer sequencing machine for CUH in Cork.

 

Thanks to everyone for your support!

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Oct 12, 2020

Cancer Sequencing Fundraising Update - Sept

Our fundraising efforts have continued for the past few months with focus on the goal of purchasing the “Ion Torrent Genexus Integrated Sequener” machine, a new innovative machine currently unavailable to cancer patients in Cork. The machine will be located in CUH, where Karen spent her final two months, under the expert guidance of Medical Oncologist Dr. Dearbhaile Collins and Clinical Director for Cancer Services, Dr. Richard Bambury. Dr. Collins specialises in gynaecological malignancies, including Ovarian Cancer. This state of the art technology will analyse cancer mutations and find new “precise” treatments for patients.

We have now raised over €80,000 for this critical technology. We are now working closely with CUH Charity on the final drive to secure the funds needed to purchase this critical machine for CUH and are now nearing the point where we will hanbd over these funds to CUH so they can make the purchase. We are validating some of the purchase information at this point so we are sure of what these funds will be used for. The machine will be purchased in Karen's name and will leave a lasting legacy to cancer patients in the Cork and wider Munster region.

The most recent fundraising effort was Home-to-Home Cycle from Cork to Dublin. Martin completed this Karen Fenton cycle challenge from Cork (Karen's home) to Dublin (Howth Road, where Karen lived before taking ill) on August 26th, 2020. Karen was due to turn 47 on August 27th but the cycle challenge so would have been an apt date for the cycle. However, it was brought forward by a day given poor weather forecast on Thursday 27th.

This was a tough 278km cycle, time on the bike was 10hrs 40minutes. It was an early start for Martin setting out before 6.30am with arrival on Howth Road in Dublin at 7.50pm.

It was a significant challenge but all worth it as we continue to raise funds for a state of the art cancer sequencing machine for CUH that will be purchased in Karen's name and will leave lasting legacy for cancer patients in Cork and wider Munster region.

Thanks to everyone for your support. All of your donations are going direct to helping the overall goal of purchasing this machine. We expect that in our next update we will be providing further good news on this machine purchase. 

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