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Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk 2018 on Sunday April 8th

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Will You Walk With Us?

The 2018 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk was postponed from Sunday March 4th due to the snow and it will now take place at 12 noon on Sunday April 8th. The annual Pink Ribbon Walk is a charity event in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society and it will take place in and around the heritage town of Kinsale. Now in its seventh year, this fundraising movement was started by a group of local women in Kinsale led by Jackie Dawson . To date, the Pink Ribbon Walks have raised almost €1.5 million for Action Breast Cancer - a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.

The 2017 Walk raised just under a staggering €40,000. Well done to all that contributed to achieving this amount - without the support of the town of Kinsale and the greater community (even as far as Dublin) along with the participation of the runners and walkers, this ongoing fundraising would not be possible.

This year's 10km Route starts and finishes in Kinsale town centre and the road route showcases some breath taking coastal views along the way. Personal trainer and Pilates Instructor Debbie Keane will be out in force leading the pre-walk warm up for all participants in the town park from 11.30am. View the map in more detail here

Runners and walkers, men and women, teams, individuals and groups are all welcome. Families (with children over the age of 12) can also take part. Online registration is now open or you can obtain registration forms locally from both O’Connor and Kinsale Pharmacies. 

The registration fee is €20 per person, which includes a sponsorship pack, event t-shirt, medal upon finishing and post-race refreshments and entertainment with our walk Ambassador Sharon Crosbie and Band at Actons Hotel. All participants are also asked to try to raise as much sponsorship money as you can for Action
Breast Cancer.

You can collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk in the Temperance Hall (Kinsale Town Centre) between 12pm and 6pm on Saturday April 7th or between 10am and 11.45am on the morning of the walk on Sunday April 8th . If you have already collected your sponsorship money, then you can also hand it in at the Check-In Desk over the weekend of the walk or at Kinsale AIB Branch (details are on sponsorship cards and in our FAQs section).

“We realise that it is a big ask for people to fundraise in the current economic climate” says Walk Chairperson Mary Kirby O Donovan. “However, we have included some fundraising ideas on our website and we assure participants that every cent that they raise will go directly to Action Breast Cancer to help them to continue to provide essential services to families across Ireland and reach more than 25,000 women that are concerned about breast cancer."

We hope that you will join us on Sunday April 8th for the 2018 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk – we promise that it will be a fun day out for a very worthy cause!”

Register online via our website or contact us by email at kinsale@pinkribbbonwalk.ie or phone the Pink Hotline on 086 271 9556. Find out more information and our FAQs Section here

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Posted on Tuesday, 6 February 2018  |  By Linda Higgins

Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk Presents A Night of Breast Cancer Research & Information on Wednesday October 25th

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Breast cancer researchers will discuss advances being made in the fight against breast cancer at a free event presented by the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk in The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina on Wednesday October 25th.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and BREAST-PREDICT researchers Amelia Smith and Michelle Lowry, whose work is reliant on money raised through events like the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, will talk about their work and progress being made in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

BREAST-PREDICT is a nationwide collaboration of breast cancer researchers, coming together with the aim to improve the lives of people diagnosed with breast cancer.

The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday October 25th and tea & coffee will be served on arrival.

Amelia will talk about her research project, which focuses on statins - medications that are widely used for cholesterol-lowering and the prevention of heart disease. She hopes to determine if they can also improve survival and outcomes in women with breast cancer. Michelle is studying a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive breast cancer. She is trying to find ways to determine which patients will respond to a new cancer drug called Neratinib. The goal is to better predict which therapies are best for each patient, thus giving all breast cancer patients the best possible chance at a long and healthy life.

The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk, which ran from 2010 to 2016, served as a vitally important fundraiser for breast cancer research and raised €412,000 over seven years to fund the work of Irish Cancer Society’s researchers and also supports for people affected by breast cancer. In order to continue funding lifesaving research and free support services for cancer patients, new committee members are needed to help organise the highly popular event in 2018. Information on the 2018 walk and how you can get involved in the committee will be discussed at the talk.

Lorraine Toner, Community Fundraiser, Irish Cancer Society, said, “The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk was hugely popular locally with pink fever taking over the village every year. People attended from Clare, Tipperary, Limerick and indeed further afield as the whole village got behind the initiative. We are so thankful to the committee who led out on the event for seven years, investing a huge amount of time and effort in to organising such a fantastic event while raising vital funds to support the fight against breast cancer. We would love to get the event up and running again next year to help fund more research and supports for breast cancer patients. For more information on how to get involved join us on October 25th or contact me on 087 793 6499.”

Isabella Bray, Research Manager at the Irish Cancer Society, who will also speak at the event, said, “Breast cancer is not just one disease, but rather a collection of different subtypes. Because of this, BREAST PREDICT researchers look at ways that treatments can be personalised to treat these specific types. This personalised approach to research has greatly improved the way breast cancer is now diagnosed. Better, earlier diagnosis increases a patient’s chance of survival. Today, survival rates for breast cancer have increased to 85% over five years.

“While increasing survival rates are hugely significant, we must not become complacent when it comes to stopping breast cancer in all its forms. Continued investment in research will mean better patient care, better outcomes, and will hopefully bring us one step closer to overcoming this disease. That is why the Irish Cancer Society’s continued investment in cancer research – funded through local community events like the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk – is so essential. To hear more about breast cancer research and how you can help, please come along to this free event.”

Read Nenagh Guardian article here

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Posted on Friday, 20 October 2017  |  By Linda Higgins