Thank you for choosing to support the Irish Cancer Society - at the Irish Cancer Society our vision and our ambition is nothing less than a future without cancer. In 2013 we have launched our strategy; Towards a Future without Cancer and are working hard concentrating on the four strategic goals outlined in this strategy;
- Reduce the Risk of Cancer
- Improve Lives
- Lead Excellent Collaborative Research
- Inform and Influence Public Policy
We are getting ready for our next major awareness month here at the Irish Cancer Society; October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We will be launching our Get the Girls fundraising campaign and rolling out awareness across Ireland. Funds raised this October will raise much needed funds for our many free services and cancer research.
Focusing on one of our strategic goals; Lead Excellent Collaborative Research; here is some additional information about the role the Irish Cancer Society plays in cancer research in Ireland;
Since 1963, the Irish Cancer Society has invested more than €30 million in cancer research. We have funded over 200 research projects throughout Ireland, leading to significant improvements in our understanding of how the disease develops and to better treatments and outcomes.
We have many exciting plans in the area of cancer research some of which are outlined in our new strategy. We have ambitious targets which include; the instigation of research to define and evaluate the factors that affect survivorship in cancer, the identification of research to define and evaluate the factors that affect survivorship in cancer; and the establishment of up to five collaborative research centres by 2017, leading to a greater understanding of cancer patterns in Ireland and the development of strategies which can be tested clinically.
Research is important in informing the work of the Society. We want to find out more about the quality of life and lived experience of cancer survivors in Ireland, so that their lives can be made easier, healthier and more secure.
95% of the Irish Cancer Society's income comes from public donations and fundraising. With 90,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and with statistics indicating that 1 in 3 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime our services are vital.
The funds we receive from Global Giving go directly towards providing these services for cancer patients and their families in Ireland- so THANK YOU for your support; you are making a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.