Cork Charity announced as one of five GAA Charity Partners for 2017

(l-r): Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Aogán Ó Fearghail, Dr Sharon McKenna, Breakthrough Cancer Research Researcher, Jill Lyons, Communications & Marketing Manager at Breakthrough Cancer Research, and Seamus Carr, Breakthrough Cancer Research Supporter. Pic: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough), an Irish medical cancer research charity based in Cork, was yesterday (12 June 2017) unveiled as one of five official GAA charity partners for 2017.

The five charities, announced at the launch in Croke Park, are The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, The Asthma Society of Ireland, Breakthrough, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Make-A-Wish Ireland. Each charity will receive a donation of €20,000 along with assistance in raising awareness and championing them in their fundraising efforts across the country throughout the year.

Orla Dolan, Head of Fundraising at Breakthrough welcomed the announcement stating, “We are delighted to have been selected as one of the GAA charity partners for the upcoming year and in such great company with the other charities, all doing fantastic work. At Breakthrough we are focused on translating our research into lifesaving new treatments for patients across Ireland. We cannot stress the importance of this charity partnership for Breakthrough, which will see us receiving both funding and assistance in raising awareness of the vital role research plays in ensuring that people in communities across Ireland have access to the best treatments for cancer.”

Breakthrough is leading the way with research into cancers with poor prognosis such as ovarian, pancreatic, lung and oesophageal. They have already progressed seven treatments progress to clinical trial and work closely with multiple hospitals to ensure their research is responding to the needs of patients with cancers that do not respond to conventional therapies.