By Martin Fenton - Treasurer, Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund
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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