Local Fundraisers Raise €75,000 for Cancer Care Unit

A cheque for €75,000 is to be presented to the head of the Symptomatic Breast Cancer Care Unit in the Mid-West Regional Hospital at a special Ball this May. The large amount of money is the fruit of several months labour by local man David Dineen, who organised a series of events after his wife Julie-Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"On behalf of Julie-Anne and my family, we were bowled over with the kindness of Limerick people," said David, who will present the cheque to Professor Gupta of the Breast Cancer Unit at a special Celebration Ball to take place in the Limerick Strand Hotel on Friday, May 15.

"Everyone was congratulating me on the success of all the events but the real success story is that in bad times, the people of Limerick always come up trumps. We want to celebrate that in the Strand Hotel on May 15 and show everyone the results of their good efforts."

The large sum represents the proceeds of a number of initiatives including the Celebrity X Factor event held in Smyth's Bar in December, a Fashion Show featuring breast cancer survivors in Russells Bar in February and the Celebrity Jigs and Reels event held in Clohessys Bar in March.

On that occasion, more than a thousand people turned out in support of the event, which was won by Limerick hurler Niall Moran.

Julie-Anne Dineen also reached number one in the Irish charts with the single, Do You Believe, which was written by Philip Scanlon and recorded a day after her second course of chemotherapy for breast cancer, in a bid to show other women there is life after battling the disease.

Julie-Anne reached number one on the day she finished her treatment for the disease and praised the people of Limerick for their support. "I think it snowballed because cancer affects everyone, in some way or another. It has touched everybody's heart and that is why I think it has done so well," explained Julie-Anne.

"The support has been unbelievable, absolutely fantastic. As I said to someone the other day, you only hear the bad things but I am so proud to be from Limerick and we wouldn't have been able to do this without the support of Limerick people."

Tickets for the Celebration Ball are priced at €75 and are now on sale. Contact Julie-Anne on 085-7635768 for more details.

Original source: Limerick Leader