Organisers hope to raise €100k for cancer research project
The annual Kerry Way Cancer Research walk in aid of Cork Cancer Research Centre was launched today by Breakthrough Cancer Research with the support of world renowned adventurer Pat Falvey and legendary Kerry footballer and sports pundit Pat Spillane.
Breakthrough Cancer Research, which is dedicated to fundraising for research into new treatments for cancers that currently have poor survival rates, is urging people to sign up for this annual event. The contribution made by walkers who will tackle the 71km Kerry Way route will go towards research projects at Cork Cancer Research Centre.
The event takes place from 20-22 July and will encompass three days of guided walks through the Kerry Way trails, where you will take in impressive mountain views, dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, wooded paths and lakes. The walks include Molls Gap to Kenmare via Templenoe (22km), Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Kenmare via Black Valley and Galway’s Bridge (28km) and Cloonee Lake to Kenmare via Lough Inchiquin (20km) and promise to be a challenging and truly memorable experience for all, regardless of levels of fitness.
The Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk has earned the support of many famous faces over the years including Sean Kelly, Dáithí Ó Sé, John McHenry, and Kevin Kehily, and this year Pat Falvey and Pat Spillane with lead the Kerry Way.
Adventurer Pat Falvey, who has been a supporter of the Kerry Way Cancer Research Walk for years, told us, “We hope to see a great turnout at this event in July. Cancer affects so many people, through their own journey or through someone they know. Taking on cancer is a daunting challenge which requires focus and determination, elements which are also needed for facing other challenges in life such as climbing Mount Everest or walking to the North or South Pole. However the greatest challenges cannot be achieved alone – it is the team supporting you that will help you get through. Just like the team of people that I work with to achieve what most would say as impossible, the Cork Cancer Research Centre provides focus and determination to the challenge of bringing new treatments to cancer patients. I’m delighted to be involved in this event and to lend my name and support as part of the fundraising efforts for cancer research, and to help combat cancer.”
Also commenting was legendary footballer Pat Spillane, “There are still too many people affected by cancer, including personal friends and family. The research this walk supports is the kind of cutting edge research that will change that. I am delighted to join the Kerry Way Walk for a second year to raise vital funds for Cork Cancer Research Centre who have helped so many already”.
Over the last 5 years, the 71km three day event raised in excess of €500,000 for cancer research trials. Supporters of the 2012 event have set an ambitious target of €100,000 which will go toward bringing Cork Cancer Research Centre’s five cancer treatments from the laboratory to clinical trial, with many more in preparation over the coming months..
If you would like to support The Kerry Way Walk or Breakthrough Cancer Research, lo-call 1890 998 998, visit www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie , www.hopeliveshere.ie or see their Facebook page for further details.