Another brick in the wall – 5th annual ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ walk raises €52,873 in aid of The Mercy Cancer Appeal

Eoin Prendergast, Fiona Curran, Sue O'Mahony, Carol Crean, and Damien Prendergast, organisers of the ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ walk which raised €52,873 last July for the construction and development of the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s proposed new Cancer CARE Centre; pictured with Dr Derek Power, Consultant Oncologist at The Mercy University Hospital and Micheál Sheridan, CEO, Mercy Hospital Foundation at the proposed site on Wood St., Cork City Pic: Darragh Kane

Organisers of the annual ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ charity walk have announced that, through this year’s walk, €52,873 was raised for the construction and development of the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s proposed new Cancer CARE Centre which will be located close to The Mercy, on Wood Street.

526 people participated in the 5th annual 22km charity walk on Sunday July 16th from The Viaduct to Bandon, which was started in memory of Cork man, Mark Prendergast who lost his battle with testicular cancer in June 2012.

This dedicated group is committed to making a difference, raising funds and awareness for cancer patients and their families from all over Munster, and to date they have raised in excess of €252,000 for cancer services at the Mercy University Hospital. Funds raised through this year’s walk will go towards developing the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s proposed new Cancer CARE Centre. This Centre will provide a space and a place close to Mercy University Hospital for people diagnosed with cancer, to support them along their cancer journey. This Centre will offer Mercy patients as well as their families the practical, emotional and social support that people with cancer need. 

The phenomenal sum of €52,873 raised last July brings the total raised by ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ since its inception to over a quarter of a million euro. Speaking at the announcement of funds raised, Damien Prendergast, Mark’s brother and Chairman of the organising committee said “Our aim this year was to reach the €250,000 milestone, and through the fantastic support of participants and sponsors we are thrilled to announce we’ve exceeded that. Through our fundraising efforts we are helping to support and help people who are diagnosed with cancer and their families by offering them a place to go for information, help, and support. When patients and their families are facing the darkest days of their lives we want them to feel strengthened by the services on offer at Mercy Cancer Care Centre.”

Speaking at the proposed site of the new Cancer CARE Centre, Micheál Sheridan, CEO at the Mercy Hospital Foundation said “With one in four of us expected to have cancer at some point in our lives, it is likely that we, or someone close to us will have the experience of being given the devastating news “its cancer”. At the Mercy Hospital Foundation we want to make sure that this news is told in the most supportive environment possible and that is why we want to build this centre next door to The Mercy. 100% of the funding necessary to design, build and operate this centre will come from fundraising and donations and that is why those who ‘Make their Mark on Cancer’ year after year are so important to us. I congratulate and thank each and every person who has made a mark through this tremendous fundraiser.”

Carol Crean, also on the organising committee, said “Everyone who walked, sponsored a walker, made a donation towards the running of this year’s event, or helped out in any way, has a lot to be proud of. We would like to sincerely thank the sponsors of this year’s walk; our media partner C103FM, as well as AceSigns, McCarthy Coaches, Caulfield’s SuperValu, Dessi Electrical, O’Sullivan’s Centra, Lidl, ABP Bandon, and everyone who helped or donated in any way. For the Taken we Mourn, for the Sick we Support, for the Survivor we Stand, for the future we walk Hand in Hand.”

For further information on how funds raised are used and the Mercy Cancer CARE Centre visit www.mercyfundraising.ie.

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