Meg Wiley Curran being presented with the Limerick Person of the Month award by Mary O’Riordan with Aine Fitzgerald, Niamh Webb O’Rourke and Pat Reddan, Clayton Hotel Picture: Adrian Butler
AFTER Meg Wiley Curran received a cancer diagnosis she focused her mind on using her own experience to help others in similar situations.
She set about organising a fundraiser for cancer services and hoped it might raise in the region of €10,000 for the deserving cause.
The event entitled Pinkalicious took place three weeks ago and, this week, the Kilmallock woman revealed that a total of €27,000 has been raised for the Mid Western Cancer Society.
“Not for one minute did I think it would raise that much, not for one minute,” said Meg, after she was presented with the Limerick Person of the Month award for her gracious act.
“My aim or my goal was €10,000. I thought if I got €10,000 it would be fabulous. I’m thrilled with this award. It’s amazing. I’m Limerick and proud,” she added.
Meg, 39, is battling stage four metastatic breast cancer.
Her journey began last March when she discovered a lump in her breast. The lump, she says, seemed to appear overnight but didn’t worry her.
However, following tests Meg discovered that both her breasts and lymph nodes were cancerous.
Meg would need a double mastectomy.
The next step was to have a CT of the thorax and liver and a bone scan to ascertain if the cancer has spread.
Meg had the tests done privately to speed up the process. She had the scans and results back within a week.
Unfortunately, the news wasn’t good.
It was confirmed that Meg has stage four metastatic breast cancer. The disease had spread to other organs. No surgery. No cure. Just a case of managing the disease as best as possible.
“This was the beginning of our terrible new journey, a journey no one wants to take but, unfortunately, is one which more and more people are taking every day”.
Meg started chemotherapy in April and finished it in August.
The daughter of Eileen and the late John Wiley who ran a successful tarmacadam business, Meg is the youngest of five.
She married Paul Curran, a west Cork man in 2011 and they are parents to two beautiful boys Jack, 5, and Scott, 4.
“They’re fine,” she says of her beloved boys. “It is our reality we have to get on with it”.
The aim of Pinkalicious, she explained, was to raise awareness of the good work being done by breast care staff and to show that life can go on as normal after being diagnosed with “this terrible disease”.
“And it’s about creating memories,” she smiles.
“Metastatic breast cancer, which I have, isn’t common. If you are diagnosed with it, I want to show that you can be like me, you can be OK, you can keep going, get up and get on with it.”
Over 700 tickets were sold for the giant fundraiser at Houlihan’s 41 Bar in Kilmallock on January 5.
Meg, who organised the event with Clodagh Houlihan and Niamh Webb O’Rourke is absolutely thrilled with how the event went.
“A big thank you to everyone who has supported the event to date,” she said.
“The support has just been overwhelming. I never thought it could have been as big as it was so a huge thanks to everyone,” she added.
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