People urged to get behind Relay for Life

A BAY Estate resident and Mission Chairman of the Relay for Life event is urging people to get involved in the event which will take place in October.

A BAY Estate resident and Mission Chairman of the Relay for Life event is urging people to get involved in the event which will take place in October.

Cancer survivor Damien Higgins was earlier in the year nominated by the Irish Cancer Society as a Goodwill Ambassador for the International Heroes for Hope, and he now wants people to get involved in the third year of Relay for Life.

Damien Higgin’s life was thrown into turmoil in 2004 when he was diagnosed with cancer, but now he has been given the all clear, he continuing to fight the disease through his support of Relay for Life, a funding raising event which is returning to Xerox Park this October.

“I was diagnosed with non-Hodgekins Lymphonma and was lucky enough to get treated within two week of diagnosis. I received extensive treatment including eight months of Chemo and I came through it.

“The Relay for Life event will raise vital for the Irish Cancer Society who do not receive any government funding. Money raised at the event will go toward their community based support services that help people with the disease and their families.

“This year we are focusing on screening, and in particular skin, bowel, breast and prostate cancer which people are all able to get screening for without resorting to their doctor.

“It is massively importantlt to raise awareness about the disease, and encourage people to get screened as early diagnosis is key in fighting the disease. I got an early diagnosis and had a positive outcome.

“There is fear out there about cancer, but the prognosis for cancer sufferers is getting better and better, as it is more and more treatable.

“People need to made aware of the symptoms and to know what to look for.”

This year, Relay for Life Dundalk is taking place in Building C, Xerox Technology Park, Dublin Road, Dundalk on Saturday, October 8 from 6pm.

Relay for Life is an over- night community celebration which honours current and former cancer patients, their families and friends. Teams of friends, neighbours, families and colleagues come together in groups of 10 plus people, who then run relays around a track over the course of 24 hours.

All funds raised through sponsorship go to the Irish Cancer Society. The relay will also include the Survivors Lap, which will see an inspirational start to the event where cancer survivors of all ages are invited to begin the Relay by walking the first lap of the course, cheered on by family, friends, and teams from the community.

“The event is a great testimony to people who have suffered with cancer and their families, and to survivors who are now living a healthy life. I would encourage as many people to get involved as it is the help of volunteers is vital to the charity.”

The first town to introduce ‘Relay for Life’ to Ireland, Dundalk, in association with the Irish Cancer society, raised an amazing €104,000 in 2010, and organisers are hoping to top that figure with this year’s event.

Email inquiries to enquiries@relay4life-dundalk.com or call 01 2316 633.