After losing their mother, the Keating family promised that they would do everything they could to bring an end to cancer. Originally set up to raise information and awareness about breast cancer, today, the Marie Keating Foundation provides information on all types of cancer and helps both men and women detect it at earliest stages and supports them through cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
The Foundation offers national awareness and education programmes covering the most common cancers affecting people in Ireland, including bowel, breast, lung, prostate and skin cancer. The Marie Keating Foundation’s nurses have talked to over 260,000 people about the causes and risk factors of cancer. Through its Comfort Fund, the Marie Keating Foundation provides financial assistance to people who are receiving treatment for any kind of cancer and who find themselves in financial difficulty as a result. In 2017 alone, over 530 families received assistance from the Comfort Fund.
The Marie Keating Foundation supports cancer survivors through its Survive & Thrive programmes, which are run nationwide, free of charge, for men and women who have completed their cancer treatment. Over 870 cancer survivors have attended courses and seminars since its inception in 2014.
Marie Keating died because she did not know enough about cancer and the importance of early detection. If Marie had understood her symptoms and if she had been treated earlier, she would be alive today. The Marie Keating Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early detection and providing information on cancer symptoms, risks and facts.