12 May 2017
By Bryan Smyth
Calling on Cork City Marathon participants to join #TeamMercy on Sunday, June 4th and be part of the race against cancer
With just a few weeks to go until the Cork City Marathon, the Mercy Hospital Foundation has issued a call out to both individuals and teams to join #TeamMercy on Sunday, June 4th and be part of the race against cancer in Munster, with funds going to the Mercy Cancer Appeal.
One Cork lady joining #TeamMercy for the second successive year is Aisling McEvoy from Glanmire. Aisling will run the half marathon in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation in the hope that she can make a difference to the cancer journey undertaken by so many families in The Mercy.
Aisling, who is a member of Watergrasshill AC spoke about her experience and why she is urging people to run for the Mercy Hospital Foundation this June Bank Holiday. She said “I know what it’s like to sit by a hospital bed and helplessly watch your loved one take their last breath. To be able to get up in the morning and run, and gather your thoughts is invaluable. It helps that fog to lift for a while, and you become grateful that you have your health and the ability to get out there and do what many others would like to but can’t. That is why I’m urging people, whether it’s their first or 40th marathon, half marathon or relay, to join me in on June 4th in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, and do what you can to help.”
Funds raised by #TeamMercy will go towards the building of the Mercy Cancer CARE Centre. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is building this specialised Cancer CARE Centre next to the Hospital to provide a quiet, safe place for patients and families to help them deal with their cancer diagnosis or to receive ongoing support during their cancer journey through one-to-one support, peer-group sessions and bereavement counselling in a nonclinical and relaxed environment.
Deirdre Finn, Campaigns & Community Manager, Mercy Hospital Foundation said “Our mission is to inspire people to support advancements in research, diagnosis, treatments and care of patients at The Mercy University Hospital, the People’s Hospital. We promise to do our very best to provide you with a world class hospital, right on your doorstep, and this is only possible through the help of our supporters and donors like Aisling McEvoy, and the many families and groups of friends who run and walk for The Mercy.”
Deirdre continued “Like Aisling, you too can go that extra mile for us by running the Cork City Marathon on June 5thor indeed any running event over the coming months, and change lives in a meaningful way.”
Registered participants of the Cork City Marathon who would like to support the Mercy Hospital Foundation can log on to www.mercyfundraising.ie or call (021) 4274076 for a Mercy fundraising pack