A PRESENTATION of a €5,000 cheque was made to the Oncology Unit at University Hospital Kerry after a charity row from Dingle to Valentia earlier this year.
Oonagh O’Connor, presented a cheque for €5,000 to the Oncology Unit Kerry University Hospital, Tralee. Oonaghs’ husband, Muiris Walsh and 3 fellow South Kerry men, Dan O’Driscoll, Valentia Island, Tony McGillycuddy, Waterville and Paul Murphy, Portmagee, raised the money for the unit by rowing in a traditional four oar boat from Dingle to Valentia Island, and were coxed safely through open Atlantic waters by Leo Houlihan, Valentia Island. The row across to Valentia took them just over three hours.
Muiris Walsh organised the Charity Row from Dingle to Valentia to show his appreciation and gratitude after Muiris’s wife Oonagh, who has the BRC gene, was treated twice in 2014 for Breast and Ovarian Cancer at the Oncology Unity in University Hospital Kerry.
The equipment purchased with the money raised will be used in the Oncology Ward for Chemotherapy Patients who are showing signs of an infection. Using this equipment the Oncology Nurses will be able to quickly detect the stage of infection and patients will be treated in a more timely manner with the appropriate treatment.
Oonagh and Muiris thanked Dan O’Driscoll, Tony McGillycuddy, Paul Murphy and Leo Houlihan for helping make the row happen despite all the failed attempts due to the poor weather last summer and to thank every one who contributed to the collection.
In particular, Muiris and Oonagh would like to thank all the staff in the Oncology Unity for their truly amazing care and support.