Donate to The Mercy Christmas Appeal and give cancer patients a very special gift this Christmas

Isabel Murphy, age 7, and Angelo Barry, age 9, from CADA helped launch The Mercy Foundation’s Christmas Appeal Pic: Cathal Noonan

This Christmas the Mercy Hospital Foundation is fundraising for a 3D Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) System at The Mercy University Hospital, which can be used in kidney, liver, prostate, oesophageal, and stomach cancers. Importantly, it can also be used in cases of bowel cancer, of which Cork has the highest rate in the entire country.

By 2020, 1 in 2 people in Ireland will develop cancer during their lifetime. From telling loved ones the news, to the fears that lay further down the path of treatment and recovery, it is impossible not to imagine the difficult road that lies ahead; but by supporting the Mercy Hospital Foundation this Christmas, you can help make this difficult journey easier.

The new state-of-the-art 3D MIS System, which will be purchased through funds raised by The Mercy Christmas Appel, will enable medical teams at The Mercy to carry out even more keyhole surgeries in Cork, and this means that patients will not need to be afraid of major scarring and recovery time will be sped up. By donating just €50 this Christmas, you are not only helping save lives in the Mercy Hospital, but you are investing in the future of cancer care in Cork.

Even when the diagnosis comes with signs of a full recovery, it brings as much worry as hope. Louise Buckley, Gastrointestinal Cancer Nurse at The Mercy has seen first-hand the difference your support could make for cancer patients “As the realisation and shock of a cancer diagnosis settles, people begin to realise they have a long and difficult road ahead. When we first discuss the operation with patients, their first question is usually ‘Will I have big scars?’ It is a great feeling to be able to say ‘no, it’s keyhole surgery’.

“A 3D Minimally Invasive Surgery System means even faster recovery, spending less time in hospital, even less pain, and a quicker operation. But most importantly it makes a safer operation. An Oesophagectomy is still a major operation of nearly six to eight hours long, but when you tell patients it can be performed through keyhole surgery you see a huge weight lifted from their shoulders. They will be drinking three days later and by day six post-op, they will be eating soft minced food.”

Micheál Sheridan, CEO, Mercy Hospital Foundation said “It is true that everyone has somehow been affected by cancer, but if in the future half the population will have developed it, now is the time to work together to beat cancer. The loyal support from people all over Munster each year is something we value and appreciate so much, but to patients, this year, it can be simply life changing. At the time of year when we are all busy searching for the perfect gift for loved ones; with your help we can give a gift to patients and their families that will be immeasurable.”

To make a donation or for more information on The Mercy Christmas Appeal call (021) 4274076 or visit www.mercyfundraising.ie.

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