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Limerick walkers go the extra mile for cancer foundation

Walk of life: Young Luke Grimes gets in some training ahead of the Bridges of Limerick walk in aid of the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation with Nigel Dugdale, Kevin Haugh, Gerard Burke, Aoibhe Reidy, Sean Fitzgibbon, Elaine OConnor and Dereck and Noreen Grimes

Walk of life: Young Luke Grimes gets in some training ahead of the Bridges of Limerick walk in aid of the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation with Nigel Dugdale, Kevin Haugh, Gerard Burke, Aoibhe Reidy, Sean Fitzgibbon, Elaine OConnor and Dereck and Noreen Grimes

  • by Mike Dwane
 

WALKERS are stepping out in aid of cancer patients as plans have been announced for charity treks around the city taking in the bridges of Limerick.

Supported by the City Sports Partnership and the City Council as part of European Mobility Week, the Bridges of Limerick 3km and 8km Walks take place on Sunday, September 16 and organisers hope to raise funds for the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.

“There are very few families or extended families in the region who haven’t had some brush with the cancer centre (at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital) and you find it relatively easy to bring people on board. A lot of parishes around the city and county would have walking clubs on a formal or informal basis and say they will be putting notices in their newsletters to help support the event,” said Kevin Haugh, former principal of Galvone NS, who credits his own recovery from cancer to the swift work of his GP Dr Michael Shinkwin and Prof Rajnish Gupta and all his team at the cancer centre.

Later this year, Kevin will publish a book on his journey from a folicular lymphoma diagnosis in 2005, through treatment that included chemotherapy and stem cell transplants and on to remission.

“Prof Gupta and his team really are at the cutting edge and I have no doubt that but for them I’d have been dead long ago. I feel so good now that I sometimes wonder did it ever happen at all and was it something I dreamt,” he said.

Limerick Walkers Association, Special Olympics, Limerick Local Heroes, Limerick Pride, Doras Luimni, I Love Limerick, Country Club Heroes and others are supporting the event, which begins at 11am on Sunday, September 16, from Arthur’s Quay. Walking the route is free but donations are welcome. Sponsorship cards are available from Lisa (085 1261188 or 061 210979; e-mail info@mwcf.ie). Participants or volunteers can contact Local Heroes at 061 260404 or bridgeswalk@gmail.com

 

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