Kick Start CUH Cancer Diagnosis Machine

by Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund
Kick Start CUH Cancer Diagnosis Machine
Karen Fenton Virtual 5K
Karen Fenton Virtual 5K

Our fundraising efforts culminated with the 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.

Unfortunately due to continued Covid difficultes in the health service in Ireland the machine is not yet in service. We expect that this will change in the coming weeks. 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. Unfortunately we have been unable to meet for a photoshoot with CUHC following our significant donation to purchase the machine for CUH. We expect to meet with them in the coming weeks. We will then publicize the machine purchase on our website and on social media.

Project work has been limited somewhat lately. But we hosted a very successful Karen Fenton Virtual 5k Run (as an alternative to the normal 5K memorial run). This event was hugely successful and we had 600 registrations and 300 who logged their time after the event. We will continue to raise funds which we will hold and put towards research and/or supporting ongoing costs for the machine. 

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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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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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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#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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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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Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund

Location: Cork - Ireland
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Twitter: @karenfentonfund
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Martin Fenton
Cork, Ireland
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