Cork’s 96FM Giving For Living

Radiothon 2024

23rd 24th and 25th May

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Where The Funds Go

Thanks to you, Cork’s 96fm Giving for Living Radiothon makes change happen here in Cork and ensures those dealing with cancer get the care they deserve right on their doorstep.

Mercy Hospital Foundation:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2023 contributed to the following:

Mercy Hospital Foundation
  • Continued support of our free Psycho-Oncology Service which is funded by public donations.
  • Re-establish our Upper GI Patient Support Group after it was put on hold due to these are monthly meetings offering patients professional and peer support.
  • Patient Assistance Fund to offer financial aid to patients who may be experiencing short-term financial difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis.
  • Continue to fund the ‘A Guide to Chemotherapy’ booklet. This is given to new cancer patients before they attend St. Bernadette’s Oncology Ward & St. Therese’s Oncology Day Unit for their first course of Chemotherapy. It offers an overview of chemotherapy, information on how the treatment works, when and how it’s given and possible side effects. It provides advice on how to cope with the physical and emotional consequences, and facilities and services for cancer patients at the hospital.
  • Supporting the Leukaemia Unit/Safari Unit to help make our patients feel more at home.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Help fund Cancer related workshops & Group Support meetings in our new purpose-built Mercy Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Centre.
  • Books on Cancer for the new Library in the Mercy Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Centre.
  • Continued support of our free Psycho-Oncology Service which is funded by public donations and will be based in our new Mercy Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Centre .
  • Re-establish our Upper GI Patient Support Group after it was put on hold due to these are monthly meetings offering patients professional and peer support.
  • Patient Assistance Fund to offer financial aid to patients who may be experiencing short-term financial difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis.
  • Continue to fund the ‘A Guide to Chemotherapy’ booklet. This is given to new cancer patients before they attend St. Bernadette’s Oncology Ward & St. Therese’s Oncology Day Unit for their first course of Chemotherapy. It offers an overview of chemotherapy, information on how the treatment works, when and how it’s given and possible side effects. It provides advice on how to cope with the physical and emotional consequences, and facilities and services for cancer patients at the hospital.

Marymount University Hospital and Hospice:

Funds raised in 2023 contributed to the following:

  • Chairs & cushions as recommended by our brand new Occupational therapy dept which will foster a further sense of support as patients day-to-day needs and requirements are catered to.
  • An upgrade of ward sitting rooms in Specialist Palliative care wing which will ensure a relaxing environment for those who we have the privilege of caring for and visitors alike – creating a vital sense of home. 
  • Replacement commodes, shower chairs, falls sensor mats and alarms to continue to uphold high levels of comfort, hygiene and safety in place that forms an integral part of our care.  

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Replace 3 Community Palliative Care cars which will be essential in ensuring our CPC nurses can reach people receiving palliative care services in their own homes all over Cork city and County.
  • Purchase more state of the art rise and recline chairs and other equipment as recommended by the Occupational therapy team. Our Occupational therapy department supports the day-to-day needs of the people who receive care in Marymount.  
  • Replacement commodes, shower chairs, falls sensor mats and alarms to continue to uphold high levels of comfort, hygiene and safety in place that forms an integral part of our care.  

Cork University Hospital:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2023 contributed to the following:

  • Redesign of Patient areas on ward GB, our main Oncology Ward, including a youth space, Family room and Comfort Care Suite (Palliative care room), The comfort care suite includes two spaces, one for the patient and one for the family. The family side includes sofa bed, kitchenette and plenty of soft touches to make the room feel as much like home as possible.
  • We worked with Medical Oncology to develop discreet folder for patients in which the team can provide all relevant information to patients commencing medical oncology, standardising the information delivered and providing a space to keep all the information for reference at home.
  • Through the Aoife O’Sullivan fund, we provided educational opportunities to several oncology staff to upskill and develop to better help the patients coming through CUH.
  • Through the Breeda McGrath fund, we provided over 100 voucher to Oncology Patients to ease the financial burden that occurs due to a cancer diagnosis.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • We wish to expand the Genetic Cancer Testing service recently introduced to CUH. We know that for some people, the genes that they carry can put them at a huge risk of certain cancers. If we can find them, we can take steps to stop those cancers from ever happening in the first place. Each test costs only €250, and this simple test, conducted in the privacy of your own home, could save a life.

Breakthrough Cancer Research:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2023 contributed to the following:

  • Provided funding for a clinical fellowship project between UCC and CUH/MUH to advance the personalisation of treatment for patients with early-stage breast cancer. The team with International collaborators are developing tools to maximise treatment efficacy and minimise treatment-related side effects.
  • Provided funding for the development and delivery of a patient info hub with evidence-based information on lower survival cancers including, signs and symptoms, prognosis, disease stages and types of treatment.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Support research working on early detection of ovarian cancer. One of the big challenges in treating ovarian cancer is that it is diagnosed at an advanced stage. The team is examining if detecting a particular group of RNA molecules could be a warning sign that cancer has started or will be able to tell us how the cancer has responded to medicines.
  • Provide funding to a team trying to understand why and how a group of genes called “calcium toolkit genes’, which use calcium to communicate within cells, improve survival in people with oesophageal cancer.
  • Fund research to understand the role of newly identified genes involved in the death, survival, or resistance of cancer to drug treatment, to use that new knowledge to find targets to develop better, smarter treatment approaches for cancers that currently don’t respond to chemotherapy.

Cork Arc Cancer Support House:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2023 contributed to the following:

  • Radiothon has helped us to provide experienced Oncology Nurse support for cancer patients struggling with the psychological, physical and emotional impacts of their diagnosis.
  • Radiothon helps us to support the families & loved ones of cancer patients to understand the enormous changes that are happening in their lives.  Research tells us that loved ones often experience greater anxiety and turmoil than the patient.
  • The funds we received from Radiothon helped us to provide exercise programmes such as Pilates for women after breast cancer, Pilates for men after prostate cancer, our Get Active programme for men and our walking group in Bantry. Physical exercise is key to regaining and maintaining health and wellness, and it helps reduce the incidence of recurrence by 33% in some cancers. Mental health is also improved with exercise.
  • Radiothon has been key in sustaining our online supports of counselling, meditation & relaxation groups online. Our expanded virtual services will continue to benefit cancer patients and their families far beyond this pandemic, allowing those who live in remote areas, or have difficulty with transport and those who do not feel well enough to make the journey to Cork ARC, avail of our support services from the comfort of their home.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Specialist Nurse support for cancer patients to manage the side effects and impacts of cancer, including the heightened anxiety and isolation during the pandemic.
  • One to one support, group support and counselling for families who lost a loved one to cancer.  Losing a loved one to cancer is never easy. Covid-19 has added more heart ache and isolation for the bereaved.
  • We will be using funds raised from Radiothon to develop upon our acupuncture supports provided here in Cork ARC which is proven to be a way to help relieve stress, and in some cases can help reduce nausea in people undergoing chemotherapy.
  • We are hoping to expand our community physical activity support with focussing on pre-op and post-op supports.
  • Radiothon funds will contribute to many of the menopause supports we hope to offer annually.