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RTE presenter makes personal appeal as Daffodil Day launched

Friday, 8th March, 2019 7:59am
RTE presenter makes personal appeal as Daffodil Day launched

RTE Weather and National Lottery presenter Nuala Carey is pictured helping the Irish Cancer Society launch its 32nd Daffodil Day with Bernadette Lavery, MD of Boots Ireland, Sarah Murray and her son Séan, who was born following her cancer treatment and daughter Sadie (5) and Averil Power, Chief Exec

RTE presenter makes personal appeal as Daffodil Day launched

RTE Weather and National Lottery presenter Nuala Carey is pictured helping the Irish Cancer Society launch its 32nd Daffodil Day with Bernadette Lavery, MD of Boots Ireland, Sarah Murray and her son Séan, who was born following her cancer treatment and daughter Sadie (5) and Averil Power, Chief Exec

RTE Weather and National Lottery presenter, Nuala Carey, has appealed to the public to shower Daffodil Day with donations, in the wake of her father’s death from cancer in November.

Nuala helped the Irish Cancer Society launch its 32nd Daffodil Day at an event in Dublin, where the charity revealed it needs to raise €4million this Daffodil Day to meet ever-increasing demands for support.

Boots Ireland is supporting Daffodil Day 2019 which takes place on March 22. The people of Dublin are urged get involved by volunteering to help fundraise on www.cancer.ie and donating what they can on the day.

Nuala’s father, Maurice, died following a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

“When dad was first diagnosed we didn’t really know that the prognosis was so bad,” Nuala revealed. “We were hopeful he could overcome it but sadly that wasn’t to be.

“As a family, we made his last days as special as we could and I am grateful for the time we had together. But now I want to fight back and raise vital funds to help stop other families losing loved ones to this awful disease.

“Pancreatic cancer currently has the lowest survival rate for all major cancers, with just one in 10 people alive five years after diagnosis.

“We can, and must, change this. But it will require much more investment in cancer research and services. That’s why I am appealing people in Dublin to get involved and help make Daffodil Day 2019 bigger than ever.”

Nuala added: “Your donations will also fund vital supports for patients and their families, so no-one has to go through cancer alone.”

Averil Power, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Sadly we know many more Dads like Maurice will hear the dreadful words – ‘you have cancer’ this year. Every three minutes someone receives a cancer diagnosis. 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.We don’t just want to provide an excellent service to some cancer patients.

“We want to provide it to all cancer patients. As 98 per cent of our funding comes from the public, we simply can’t do that without more donations.”

Boots Ireland has been in partnership with the Society since 2012, with the aim of the partnership to increase awareness, promote prevention and support people living with cancer across Ireland. The pharmacy chain has raised €1.4m for the Society.

Bernadette Lavery, MD of Boots Ireland said: “Colleagues here locally are ready to join with our local communities again this Daffodil Day.”

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