For the last decade, the people of Mayo have held an annual fundraising event called ‘Mayo Pink Ribbon’ in aid of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute at NUI Galway.
Based in Castlebar and it’s surrounds, what started as a fun cycle event blossomed into a massive community weekend including a Golf Classic and many more fundraising events, which combined have generated over €1,000,000 for the charity.
During the 10 years of this fundraiser, research has hugely changed our understanding of breast cancer. From a time when all breast cancers were seen as one disease rather than many and treated with a “one treatment fits all” approach, women and men can now access individualised treatment plans targeted to their particular type of cancer. Research has led to radically improved outcomes and prognosis for so many and ultimately so many lives have been saved because of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute funded research.
On a recent tour of the research lab located at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research UCHG, the group including its patron, Enda Kenny, a regular participant in the annual cycle, saw at firsthand the passion and commitment of the research team lead by Professor Michael Kerin and how the money raised through Mayo Pink Ribbon is positively supporting the research carried out there.
The incredible community spirit of the Mayo people is a credit to the county who through the charity have done so much to help advance the medications, treatments and understanding of breast cancer both nationally and internationally. To find out more visit, www.mayopinkribbon.ie