Jun 15, 2020

Cancer Sequencing Fundraising Update - June

#PullTogetherCUHC
#PullTogetherCUHC

Our fundraising efforts are focused 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 already raised over €75,000 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. 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.

Unfortunately our annual Karen Fenton Memorial Run could not take place this year as a result of Covid-19. We were disappointed not tbe running the event but the health of our supporters and community os far more important. The event was due to take place on April 19th and in the following few weeks discussion were had with CUH Charity and the Medicial Oncology department about next steps for the goal of purchasing the machine for CUH. With that in mind we teamed up with CUHC and launched the final fundriaisng drive to purchase this machine on May 8th, 2020.

Well done and thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of our fundraising efforts. We are on the final stretch and hope to purchase this cancer sequencing machine later this year. We have helped CUHC to have now raised an additional €87k which along with the original €75k from our fund and the €100k from CUHC gives a grand total of €262k for this vital purchase. Keep up the good work #PullTogetherCUHC!

Some highlights of the fundraising campaign since the launch event with Munster and Ireland rugby legend and CUH Charity Ambassador Peter O'Mahony (see karenfenton.ie for more info) on World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8th are listed below. Peter O'Mahony spoke to Dave Mac about this campaign on Red FM's Local Legend on Monday May 18th. You can listen back here.

The Fenton Family and Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund are proud to have been mentioned in an RTE news bulletin about the "Everest" Challenge and these efforts to raise the funds for the cancer sequencing machine. Dr. Seamus O'Reilly specifically called out to the importance of our efforts in providing the "seed" for this campaign and the purchase of the machine. Along with the €75k we are putting towards the purchase we will be proud of Karen's lasting legacy with her name to be associated with this important machine.You can see this new coverage here.

Thanks again 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. 

Pat & Colm's Big Free Quiz
Pat & Colm's Big Free Quiz
Ballinora 5K Challenge
Ballinora 5K Challenge
Home-to-Home Challenge
Home-to-Home Challenge
Fenton's and Peter O'Mahony - Launch Event May 8th
Fenton's and Peter O'Mahony - Launch Event May 8th
Martin Fenton & PeterO'Mahony #PullTogetherCUHC
Martin Fenton & PeterO'Mahony #PullTogetherCUHC

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Feb 18, 2020

Cancer Sequencing Fundraising Update

We have entered a new phase in our ambitious plans to fundraise and purchase an important piece of equipment for cancer tumour sequencing in CUH, Cork, Ireland. We are now holding regular meetings with Dr. Dearbhaile Collins in order to iron out the details of the purchase of the machine. We expect to finalize this in the next few months. We are also extremely busy organising the 3rd annual Karen Fenton Memorial Run which we are hosting on April 19th next.

We have now raised more then $80,000 raised across all our fundraising efforts. Our overall target is $100,000 and we expect to achieve that after our upcoming memorial run. We have received over $1770 so far on this particular project on GlobalGiving. The funds raised through this GlobalGiving initiative go greatly to helping us towards our goal and are greatly appreciated. 

We are also continuing to engage in fundraising through the sale of Keep Cups - and promoting sustainability - in honour of Karen who was such as avid sustainability advocate.

Kind regards

Martin Fenton

Treasuer, Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund

CHY: 22187

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Nov 27, 2019

Illumina Fundraising Nov 2019

We have been working hard to progress our efforts to raise much needed funds for purchase of a cancer diagnosis machine for CUH in Cork, Ireland. Our target overall is $100,000 and all donations that we have received that help us to reach towards this target are greatly appreciated. We have received over $1720 so far on this particular project.

We now have approx $80,000 raised across all our fundraising efforts and the funds raised through this GlobalGiving initiative go greatly to helping us towards that goal.

We have been engaging with Dr. Dearbhaile Collins in plans to purchase the machine very soon. We hope to do so after our next Karen Fenton Memorial Run which we are hosting on April 19th, 2020. Activities are in full swing in planning for that important annual fundraising event.

Other activities that we are continuing to engage on include stands in shopping centres such as recently at Wilton Shopping Center near CUH in Cork. These small events help to raise awareness for this deadly disease and any small donations we receive go towards our overall goal.

We are also continuing to engage in fundraising through the sale of Keep Cups - and promoting sustainability - in honour of Karen who was such as avid sustainability advocate.

Kind regards

Martin Fenton

Treasuer, Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund

CHY: 22187

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