RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan urges Laois to dig deep for cancer on Daffodil Day

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Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteers Anne Dennehy, Cathy Fennelly, Carmel Kelly from Portlaoise with RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan & Rose Sturgess, Boots Cancer Beauty Advisor. Pic: Andres Proveda

RTÉ's Miriam O’Callaghan has urged people of Laois to dig deep this Daffodil Day to help people being diagnosed with cancer.

The broadcaster, who lost a sister to cancer, was speaking at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 2018 Daffodil Day, which will take place on March 23.

There are currently 165,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and over 12 months 461 people in Laois were diagnosed with the disease.

“Tragically a person dies from cancer every hour in Ireland, but for so many people there’s also great hope. More people are surviving cancer now than ever before thanks to lifesaving research. Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, is a day where we can all help fight back against cancer.

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteers Bernie and Liam Phelan, from Mountrath, Co Laois, joined RTÉ’s Aengus Mac Grianna and Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist Clare O’Neill (far right).

"Like so many Irish people, I have lost loved ones to cancer. I lost my precious sister Anne who was just 33 when she died.  On March 23rd people of Laois can help fund lifesaving research and crucial services to ensure cancer patients and their families are properly supported. Get involved now at www.cancer.ie..” said Miriam.

Also at the launch were Minister for Health Simon Harris, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society Averil Power, RTE’s Aengus Mac Grianna, representatives from Boots Ireland and hundreds of Daffodil Day volunteers, including representatives from Laois.

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteer Ann Buckley from Camross with RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan and Rose Sturgess, Boots Cancer Beauty Advisor

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society Averil Power appealed to the public to support cancer patients in the community.

“As the number of Irish people with cancer increases, record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for information, care and support. Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on the generosity of the public to fund vital services used locally.

“Last year, the number of people using our Volunteer Driver Service to travel to chemotherapy appointments increased by fifteen per cent. A total of 422 journeys were covered for patients in Laois. Our Night Nursing service provided 193 nights of care to terminally-ill patients locally in their own homes. None of this would be possible without strong support for Daffodil Day from individuals and communities across Ireland,” said Ms Power.

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteers (from left) Mary Sadlier, Margaret Shortiss, Helen Kavanagh, Mary Sheeran, Mary Teehan and Stella Kealy, from Borris-on-Ossory, Co Laois, joined RTÉ’s Aengus Mac Grianna and Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist Clare O’Neill

Ms Power also thanked Boots Ireland for extending its support for the Irish Cancer Society’s work by becoming the official main sponsor of Daffodil Day 2018.

Bernadette Lavery, MD, Boots Ireland said: “Colleagues in Laois are excited to join with Daffodil Day volunteers to fight back against cancer this March 23rd. We see the effect cancer has on the lives of patients and families in the communities we serve, and we are determined to make a difference. We have worked closely with the Irish Cancer Society for five years and are delighted to extend our support to their flagship fundraising day this year as official main sponsor.”

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day volunteers (from left) Dell and Phyllis Meredith, from Stradbally, joined RTÉ’s Aengus Mac Grianna and Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacist Clare O’Neill