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What a night Friday 28th August was for the Marie Keating Foundation and all the people on a cancer journey who we support.
We have been blown away by the generosity of the Irish public and the amazing outpouring of goodwill and positivity we have received since Concert4Cancer aired on Friday night.
The night, brought to you by the Permanent TSB Communnity Fund, featured a host of Irish and UK musicians including Ronan Keating, Mount Sion Choir, Gavin James, Gary Barlow, Nathan Carter, Brian Kennedy, Aimée, Kodaline, The Coronas, Thanks Brother, Phil Coulter, Lisa Lambe, Lisa McHugh, Johnny McEvoy and Riverdance and some special guests including Kylie Minogue, Mrs Brown's Boys, Neil Delamere and Vicky Phelan.
The full show is available now on the Virgin Media Player for 30 days and a very special exclusive follow on concert, Concert4Cancer Continued, is also available now featuring some incredible Irish acts such as the HotHouse Flowers, Paddy Casey, Aoife Scott, Camille O'Sullivan and Josh Keating amongst many others.
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The Marie Keating Foundation is proud to have the support of media partners Extra.ie, Communicorp Media's 'Music and Entertainment' stations, Today FM, 98FM, SPIN 1038 and SPIN Southwest and Irish Music Magazine.
“It is 22 years since I lost my Mam to breast cancer. She was just 51 when she died and our whole family was devastated. There isn’t anyone in Ireland who hasn’t been affected by cancer in some way and the COVID-19 pandemic has really highlighted how crucial it is that cancer patients have access to information they can trust and support they can rely on. The Marie Keating Foundation has been hit hard by the cancellation of so many of their fundraising events but their team has never stopped working to ensure their services are supporting cancer patients and survivors many of whom are continuing to cocoon. I am so grateful to all of these amazing acts for giving so generously of their time and talent for this great cause and to everyone who is able to donate and does so, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Singer, patron and co-founder, Ronan Keating
What does the Marie Keating Foundation do?
The Marie Keating Foundation has been providing free information on cancer prevention and early diagnosis, support for men and women on a cancer journey and help for survivors adjusting to life with or after cancer, for more than 22 years.
Our Mobile Information Units staffed by our community and oncology nurses provide free advice and support to more than 29,000 people every year in communities across Ireland. Our School’s Cancer Awareness Programme is a six-week programme available to schools and delivered to Transition Year and above focussing on cancer prevention, the sign and symptoms of common cancers and the importance of the HPV vaccine, delivered in an age appropriate and engaging way.
We provide free Survive & Thrive programmes for men and women adjusting to life after cancer once treatment ends, as well as a Positive Living Support Group for those living with a metastatic cancer diagnosis.
The Comfort Fund, which provides once off financial grants to anyone going through treatment and in need and it supported more than 600 families last year. Unfortunately due to the impact on fundraising because of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to take the difficult decision to suspend this fund, but with the support of the public in this COnert4Cancer we hope to reinstate this service so we can continue to support people at their most vulnerable.
Read more about the stories of men and women we support here.
“It was thanks to the Marie Keating Foundation that I was diagnosed, and I had an army looking after me while I was going through treatment, but it was the Marie Keating foundation I came back to get back to living”
Yvonne was diagnosed in November 2009. Having felt an abnormality in her breast and hearing all the messages about breast checks, she went to her GP who referred her to a specialist. Five days later, she was given her diagnosis. She had a double lumpectomy, followed by four sessions of chemotherapy and 25 sessions of radiotherapy.
After surgery, then some more surgery, a double lumpectomy and five weeks of tests, on a December morning I finally got the call – they called to say they got the cancer and that the margins were now clear. There would be the twin treatments of chemo and radiotherapy of course, but ultimately, I was “cancer-free”. Hearing those words left me sliding to the floor in relief. Tears rolled down my face and repeating “thank you” over and over was all I could say. Long after the call ended, I remained on the floor, still thanking but instead of crying I was now smiling.
That call changed everything. Whatever treatment prescribed, I would do; chemotherapy, radiotherapy, medication. How could I complain about hair loss, when I had been worried about my life?
I went through chemo and I started radiotherapy at the end of April 2010. Radiotherapy didn’t impact on me too much. This was a time of hope; it was spring and I was coming out the other side.
Naturally, cancer coming back frightens me. On my second chemo session I met a woman who had been cancer-free for three years and then she got it again. That undid me. A number of mothers with kids at my son’s school got cancer and not all of those lovely girls survived. That scares me.
But I can’t let it over-take me. I have been gifted with a second chance at life and it’s up to me to live it; I owe it to myself and I owe to those who love me. So I take my medication, I go for my check-ups and I walk every-day.
I get to share more of life with my husband and my children. I get to be there for them, through the big stuff and the small stuff; their first Wes, leaving cert, university, picnics on the beach. Surviving cancer means I get to have all that.
The biggest change cancer has brought to my life is that I no longer waste time. I cherish time, use time and spend time only with those who do not waste mine.
I now chase what makes me happy, capture it and make it part of my life. And I urge the same for my children; to seek, find and work at what makes them happy and contented. It’s all I want for them and good health too, please God
Concert4Cancer Magazine is a special edition Souvenir Publication produced by Irish Music Magazine bumper-packed with interviews from the amazing line-up of artists and acts all who so generously donated their time and talents in support of the Marie Keating Foundation’s Concert4Cancer. Read about Ronan Keating, Gary Barlow, Lisa Lambe, Brian Kennedy and many others as to why they were motivated to give Concert4Cancer their backing in support of the Marie Keating Foundation.
All profits generated from the Concert4Cancer Magazine will be donated to the Marie Keating Foundation whose fundraising activities have been significantly impacted due to Covid-19.
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