This Friday marks World Cancer Day and it’s an important date in the calendar for raising awareness of cancer as well as encouraging prevention, detection, and treatment.
If you’re looking for a way to support those affected by cancer, then you can help with a fundraiser set up by two sisters from Co. Galway, Pamela Finn and Ruth Keane.
Ruth was diagnosed with cancer back in February of 2021 and was told that as a result of her treatment she would lose her hair.
After her diagnosis the two sisters set up a fundraiser called 4 Cap Sake, which aims to purchases scalp cooling machines and caps that help to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy.
Speaking about the loss of her hair Ruth said; “It can be devastating enough to receive news of cancer without having to endure the physical difference.”
Paxman Scalp Cooling kindly organised for Ruth to trial their system during her treatment, the result being that she maintained most of her hair, this in turn had a huge impact on her recovery. The cap works by lowering scalp temperature before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.
At the moment, the equipment is not routinely funded by the HSE so by donating to the fundraiser you will ensure patients have access to the latest technology to prevent chemotherapy induced hair loss.
Pamela said; “We want to make sure that those going through cancer avail of all the benefits of modern medicine including this system that helps patients maintain their identity.”
Their goal is to raise €30,000 and they are asking people to wear a cap or hat and
use the hashtag #4CapSake and share their photo on social media and donate what they can as the campaign is about awareness as well as fund-raising.
To donate click here.