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MANY THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ST LUKE’S And ST JAMES’S ONCOLOGY UNITS
BY Donating to The Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup
We are writing to ask you to help us highlight our unique event which will see some of Ireland’s best known GAA personalities unite to support cancer survivors from all across the country as they come together to play a very special Gaa football game. The event contains stories of personal triumph from players and aims to highlight a very positive message to other people who are going through their own battle with cancer.
On the 5th of May 2014 a very special GAA football match will take place in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. This game is different to any other in that the teams will be made up of players who themselves have received treatment for cancer. We have received letters from players from all over the Country who want to take part in this match and they all mention how the support they received from their team mates and their ambition to get back to playing on their teams again has helped them through. Each of the players involved in the match have their own personal story to tell.
The teams representing St Lukes and St James’s Hospitals will be managed by Brian Cody and Mick O’ Dwyer. Ger Loughnane, Tomas Mulcahy, and other high profile GAA personalities will be on hand to lend their help, and the great Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh will commentate. We are very grateful for the assistance and support we have received from the GAA community and the president Mr. Liam O’ Neill, who helped to launch our event and will be in attendance on the day.
Two of Ireland’s greatest GAA Managers intend to make their teams the champions and both have a lot to prove. Mick O’Dwyer has one final game before retirement and he intends to make sure that his team, St. James’s hospital, is victorious. Brian Cody, manager of St. Luke’s hospital team, is known for his management of hurling teams but has never ventured into the world of GAA football. He intends to show that his management skills can triumph in any GAA genre.
(1) To raise much needed funds for the cancer Units in St James’s and St Lukes Hospitals. (All monies raised will go directly to cancer services in these two hospitals.)
(2) To show people who have gone through or are going through a battle with cancer that it is possible to continue to lead an active life. It is our hope that this match will inspire hope and encourage people to remain positive during difficult times.
The match trophy will be dedicated to Professor Donal Hollywood. Professor Hollywood was one of the country’s leading oncologists and he lost his own short battle with cancer in 2013 at the age of 53. His clinical practice was in St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals in Dublin. He worked tirelessly throughout his career to save so many lives and his death has impacted on so many people. (A story in its self)
Inspiration for this event:
The match is the brainchild of Richard Poole, who received treatment for cancer in both St. Luke’s and St. James’s hospitals. Having seen firsthand the vital work and wonderful care and dedication of the staff in these hospitals, he became an active fundraiser. This is his way of saying thanks and to ensure that the same level of care is available to others that need it.
I hope you will be able to join with us to make this match a huge success. I am including a link to the video of our launch of the Charity GAA Match which took place on the 14th of August 2013 http://youtu.be/gbZ8cRCJgag
Hope you enjoy the video.
Thank you for your time and should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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