Local Publican raises money for Mater Breast Cancer Appeal

Local Publican Christine Gallagher of the Railway Bar, Portarlington, together with her sister Josephine Casey, recently attended a cheque presentation at BreastHealth Mater where the generous sisters presented Mary Moorhead, Chief Executive of the Mater Foundation with the wonderful total of €7,335.

Local Publican Christine Gallagher of the Railway Bar, Portarlington, together with her sister Josephine Casey, recently attended a cheque presentation at BreastHealth Mater where the generous sisters presented Mary Moorhead, Chief Executive of the Mater Foundation with the wonderful total of €7,335.

Josephine is a breast cancer survivor and is currently undergoing treatment at BreastHealth Mater whose services are enhanced through funding by the Mater Foundation Breast Cancer Appeal. The money was raised through sponsorship of the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon which took place on 4th June.The funds will be specifically allocated to the new Lymphodema Service at BreastHealth Mater of which Josephine is a patient, this service is only possible through funding by the Mater Foundation.

Mary Moorhead said, “Support like this is invaluable in continuing to ensure that BreastHealth Mater is one of the leading providers of breast care in Ireland. We are so grateful to Christine and Josephine, their family and friends for all their overwhelming support.”

Last year, funds raised by the Breast Cancer Appeal at the Mater Foundation were used to establish a new Lymphodema Clinic at the Unit to help breast cancer survivors who go on to develop Lymphodema. Lymphodema is a chronic condition which can result in swelling of the arm, breast or chest wall and can have a significant physical and psychological impact for women who have had Breast Cancer.

At BreastHealth Mater we want to change that and ensure Lymphodema suffers have access to early diagnosis and treatment by qualified specialists and physiotherapists. Thanks to funding from the Breast Cancer Appeal at the Mater Foundation a trained lymphedema therapist now forms part of the multi-disciplinary breast care team to further enhance the quality of care delivered to patients, including prompt assessment and management of their condition. Treatment is centred on managing the swelling using manual lymphatic drainage and specially measured garments.

The money raised by the Mater Foundation in recent years has given us a breast cancer facility of which we can all be proud – but there is always room for improvement. With our donors support we have been able to strengthen our Family History and Risk Assessment Unit at BreastHealth Mater, commit funds to vital research into breast cancer, establish a new Lymphodema Clinic for breast cancer survivors as well as fund specialised training for staff on the use of a new nipple tattooing machine.