OVER 600 people attended the Jayne Heaney Cahill benefit night at the Crowne Plazza Dundalk in aid of Irish Breast Cancer Society and the St Frances Hospice Raheny.
This is one of three such nights to raise funds for breast cancer research and the Raheny hospice.
“We are absolutely delighted with the tremendous support we have received,” said Brian Heaney, Jayne’s brother.
“We had massive support in Dundalk and Cavan and we have Dublin still to go. We would really like to thank everybody for their kind and generous support.”
The total amount donated to the cause will be announced after the final night at Blanchestown.
A night was held in Cavan, and now Dundalk, and the final night will be held on 17 May in Blanchardstown. Garda Detective Jayne Heaney Cahill, originally from Castlebellingham, was just 36 when she died from cancer last November.
She had been married for 18 months and just given birth to her first baby, Charlie. Jayne and her husband Dermot were the delighted parents on that day. Unfortunately their happiness was short lived and Jayne was diagnosed with breast cancer just nine days after Charlie came into their lives. Their world was turned upside down but Jayne was strong and determined to fight the cancer.
Sadly four months later Jayne lost her battle and passed away peacefully on 15 November 2012 at St Francis Hospice Raheny. It is a sad fact that cancer is so common nowadays and almost all of us are affected in some way by a similar tragedy to Jayne’s. As breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland it deserves as much funding as possible. St. Francis Hospice gave the best possible attention to Jayne during her time there and they are funded solely by donations. They also have a brand new hospice ready to open in Blancharsdtown but unfortunately are unable to do so due to lack of funds.
Photo coverage of the fundraiser on page 38