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Northside mum is the face of Daffodil Day 2019 campaign

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 1:00pm
Northside mum is the face of Daffodil Day 2019 campaign

Pictured at the launch were Bernadette Lavery, managing director, Boots Ireland; Sarah Murray and her son Séan, who was born following her cancer treatment, and daughter Sadie (5); Nuala Carey, RTE weather presenter; and Averil Power, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society. PHOTO: ANDRES POVEDA

Northside mum is the face of Daffodil Day 2019 campaign

Pictured at the launch were Bernadette Lavery, managing director, Boots Ireland; Sarah Murray and her son Séan, who was born following her cancer treatment, and daughter Sadie (5); Nuala Carey, RTE weather presenter; and Averil Power, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society. PHOTO: ANDRES POVEDA

A NORTHSIDE mum has been announced as the face of this year's Daffodil Day campaign, which takes place this month.

Sarah Murray, a mother-of-two from Malahide, was diagnosed with breast cancer when her daughter was just one-year-old.  

Sarah has finished her treatment and gave birth to her ‘miracle’ second baby Séan last summer. She used the society’s Cancer Nurseline and Daffodil Centre to help her deal with anxiety she experienced following her cancer.
“I’ve received a lot of support from the Cancer Nurses in the Daffodil Centre in Beaumont and also on the Cancer Nurseline,” said Ms Murray.  
“After my treatment finished I found it very difficult. I suffered a lot with depression and anxiety. 
“People expect you to be over it once treatment has finished, but for me that’s when the reality of what I had gone through hit me. 
“I believe talking is so important for your recovery, because recovery isn’t just physical, it’s mental too. 
“I’d urge anyone affected by cancer to use the supports like the Daffodil Centre and Freephone Cancer Nurseline to talk about your worries and concerns. Having a listening ear, someone who understands, is such a great help.”  

Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society is appealing for volunteers on the Northside to help sell daffodils on Friday, March 22.

The society needs to raise €4 million from the event to meet ever-increasing demands for support.

Chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, Averil Power, from Bayside, told Northside People: “On average, over 8,700 people from Dublin are diagnosed with cancer annually. 

“We are determined to be there for everyone who needs us. But with the number of people getting cancer at a record high, we can’t do that without public support. 

“Last year our nurses, staff and volunteers reached thousands of patients in Dublin affected by cancer, but we didn’t reach everyone in need." 

Ms Power said that to ensure the Irish Cancer Society meets its fundraising target, they need as many volunteers as possible out collecting on the day. 

“One area where we need to increase our on-street presence is North Dublin," she added. 

"If you have some spare time please get involved and make a difference to cancer patients in your community.” 

If you can help the Irish Cancer Society raise crucial funds to run these services by volunteering on March 22 please contact Brenda, your community fundraiser, on 087-2807197 or bmccarthy@irishcancer.ie for information. 

Training will be provided. Daffodil Day is proudly supported by Boots Ireland.

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