2FM DJ Louise McSharry is encouraging communities to take up the Relay For Life baton to support people who are affected by cancer.
This relay is a 24-hour event that brings communities together to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and fight back by increasing knowledge of cancer and raising money to fund research and services of the Irish Cancer Society.
Louise was joined by Josephine Kelly, Chair of Relay For Life Kilkenny, as she helped launch the 2018 Relay For Life events, including our local relay in Kilkenny Rugby Club on July 21 and 22.
“Being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 31 was a huge shock. Like most people I never expected cancer to affect me. I quickly I realised that cancer knows no boundaries, it can happen to anyone at any time.
“That’s why it’s so important that we come together to raise awareness and show support.
“Here in Kilkenny a fantastic committee hosts Relay For Life to celebrate, remember and fight back. Cancer can be extremely difficult, but knowing your local community is behind you is uplifting, and that’s what Relay For Life is all about.”
Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse Josephine Kelly, local Chair of Relay For Life Kilkenny told The Reporter:
“I first heard about relay at the Night Nurses’ annual conference in 2012 and I instantly thought it sounded like a wonderful event to be involved in.
“As a Night Nurse I see the grief and pain caused when someone dies from cancer. I have lost many relatives to cancer too.
But relay is very positive and uplifting. There’s a great sense of community and together we are removing the stigma we once had around cancer.”
Last year over 700 survivors were celebrated at Relay For Life events around the country, while thousands of people were remembered at special Candle of Hope ceremonies.
The events also help raise awareness of services available locally, ways of reducing risk of cancer, and how people can help fund crucial supports and research.
Anyone is welcome to get involved in Relay for Life. See www.cancer.ie/relayforlife