Brain Tumour Ireland News

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Twitter Wear a Hat Day for brain tumours

As part of its yearlong partnership with Brain Tumour Ireland, Twitter Dublin is running a fundraising initiative entitled “Wear a Hat Day” on Friday, 12th of May.

Twitter employees are encouraged to wear a hat to the office on Friday 12th May and promote the initiative with selfies and videos on Twitter using the #WearAHatDay hashtag.

At the end of the day, a fun prize will be given to the Twitter employee with the best hat.

People can donate through the special fundraising page: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/wear-a-hat-day-2017 or donate €4 by texting BTI to 50300 .  100% of your donation goes to Brain Tumour Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to Brain Tumour Ireland. Service Provider LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278

By promoting the initiative through Twitter, it’s hoped that the general public will get involved and that they’ll give generously as well.

Lina Stein, Mayo based, Milliner /Tutor and also recent brain tumour survivor, has kindly donated one of her beautiful hats as a prize for the creator of the best hat in the Twitter Dublin office on Friday.
Check out Lina’s website here: http://www.linasteinmillinery.com/

 

The Twitter / Brain Tumour Ireland partnership came about through James Murphy, a young man from Cork who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. After undergoing treatment James is now back at work at his job in procurement for Twitter Dublin.

James received huge support from his employer and colleagues at Twitter Dublin throughout this time and, as part of this, they decided to nominate Brain Tumour Ireland as their charity of the year for 2017.

Speaking in advance of the Twitter Wear a Hat Day, Chair of Brain Tumour Ireland Natasha Smith said, “We are extremely grateful to James Murphy and everyone at Twitter Dublin for choosing us as their charity of the year.

“We first met James last November at our annual fundraising run in Dublin.  Despite recovering from a brain tumour and recent treatment at the time, James and his great group of friends ran 10km in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland!

“James is a really inspirational guy and proof that you can live a good life after a brain tumour diagnosis. We are delighted he is back at work now in Twitter and doing well.

“We hope Twitter’s Wear a Hat Day will help to raise awareness of brain tumours in Ireland and we encourage others to get involved and wear a hat for brain tumours on the 12th May.”

Funds raised will be used to support brain tumour patients in Ireland and to help fund brain tumour research.

Natasha explained “Through our partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, we are helping to fund a badly needed brain tumour biobank for researchers to store and analyse sample tissue.

“Brain Tumour Ireland is also holding a Wellness Day in Cork on Saturday 20th May. This is one of a series of such events we have held to support brain tumour patients and their families.”

 

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Wellness Day – Cork

Brain Tumour Ireland is holding a Wellness Day on Saturday, 20th May, in the Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork.

This free event is open to brain tumour patients as well as family members and carers. In addition to benefiting from the scheduled sessions, previous participants have reported the positives of meeting with other brain tumour patients and sharing experiences and advice.

The event will start at 10am and will finish at approximately 3pm.

Lunch will be provided.

You can register your free place by emailing sandra@braintumourireland.com
(Places are limited).

Details

We have some wonderful sessions planned for the day:
(1)  Mindfulness,
(2) The Herb and Vegetable Garden – Growing for nutritional cooking,
(3) Music Therapy.

The full outline of the day is available here.

 

Facilitators:

Mindfulness

Nicola Morey – B.Comm, MBS (HR), Qualified Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR).

www.mindfulnessyoughal.com

 

Growing for nutritional cooking

Michael Kelly –  writer, and founder of GIY and GROW HQ, Ashoka Fellow, Member TASTE Council of Ireland & Irish Food Writers Guild.

https://giy.ie/archive/giy-profile-of-michael-kelly.html

 

Music Therapy

Jess O’Donoghue – MA Music Therapy UL, BSc Speech & Lang Therapy NUIG.

http://odonoghuejessica.wixsite.com/website

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Join team Brain Tumour Ireland for the Women’s Mini Marathon!

Join the Brain Tumour Ireland team for the 2017 VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and help fund brain tumour research and support brain tumour patients here in Ireland.

The entry period has been extended to Friday 12th May.

You can enter directly with the event organisers here: http://bit.ly/2qWKGqu

Contact sandra@braintumourireland.com to join the Brain Tumour Ireland team for the day! We will give you the meet up details as well as your free t-shirt. (This can be sent to you in advance if you are not free to meet on race day.)

Check out the helpful training plans and nutrition advice here on the Mini Marathon page: https://www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie/vhi-womens-mini-marathon-training.19.html

 

 

 

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Brain Tumour Ireland chosen as Twitter Dublin’s charity partner

We are very excited to announce that @TwitterDublin have chosen us as their charity partner for this year!

The good people at Twitter Dublin are going to be working with us, both to raise funds and to raise awareness of brain tumours here in Ireland.

Twitter Dublin’s James Murphy with Brain Tumour Ireland volunteers, Jimmy and Cliona

 

Pictured here with Brain Tumour Ireland volunteers, Jimmy and Cliona, is James Murphy who works in procurement at Twitter Dublin.

James was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and received huge support from his Twitter colleagues. James is now thankfully back at work and doing well.

We are delighted that James’ colleagues voted for Brain Tumour Ireland as their charity partner this year, and we very much look forward to working with them.

You can check out James’ Sense of Tumour blog here.

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Brain Tumour Ireland meets with nurses in Beaumont Hospital’s Centre of Education

Today we spent time with the people from Beaumont Hospital’s Centre of Education, talking to nurses who are taking a neuro-oncology course.

Meeting with nurses in Beaumont’s Centre of Education.

We spoke with them about brain tumours and the specific needs of brain tumour patients and their families.

Natasha Smith (Chair of Brain Tumour Ireland) explained why the charity was formed. She outlined both the work that has been done to date, and our plans for the future.

James Murphy, a brain tumour patient and great supporter of our charity, spoke about his hospital experiences, both negative and positive. He detailed his patient experience from the time of his diagnosis right through to his surgery and treatment.

We are very grateful to Beaumont’s Centre of Education for the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the brain tumour community with this great group of nurses who are seeking to achieve the highest standards in the care they give to brain tumour patients.

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Brain Tumour Ireland 10K & 5K Run Fundraiser

The annual Brain Tumour Ireland run / walk event to fundraise for our work in supporting brain tumour patients and their families, takes place on Sunday, 6th November in Corkagh Park Dublin.

This event forms part of  “Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours”, a project co-coordinated by the International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA). We will donate the mileage covered in Corkagh Park to the IBTA’s “World Walk” target of circling the earth to raise awareness of brain tumours globally.

To help contribute to the mileage and donate to the work of Brain Tumour Ireland, come join us in Corkagh Park! See further information below:

When: Sunday, 6th November 2016

Where:  Corkagh Park, Clondalkin,  Dublin 22

Start time:   11:00am

Meet:  Car Park at St. John’s Grove entrance off Fonthill Road South (main entrance to Corkagh Park). Accessible by bus 68 or 69 from Aston Quay to Clondalkin.

Sign in & t-shirt pick up:  9.30 – 10.15am

Registration is available here or you can register on the day at Corkagh Park between 9.30 – 10.15am

  • 10k timed run €20 (Free technical race t-shirt with timing chip)
  • 5k timed run €15 (Free technical race t-shirt with timing chip)
  • 5k untimed run & walk €10 (Free t-shirt)


Facilities:

  • Bag/key drop off point
  • Toilets
  • Parking
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Situation in Beaumont Hospital

We have written to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to express our extreme concern over the cancellation and postponement of brain tumour surgeries in Beaumont Hospital.

We are extremely concerned about the impact this is having on brain tumour patients, particularly those in need of urgent surgical treatment. Patients suffer when such crucial lifesaving surgery is postponed.

We also recognise the work of the excellent staff in Beaumont Hospital who are dealing with very difficult conditions and do not want to have to cancel or postpone urgent surgeries.

We are pleading with the Minister to do everything in his power to ensure that no more brain tumour surgeries are cancelled or postponed in Beaumont Hospital.

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Dublin Wellness Day

The Dublin Wellness Day will take place in the Wisdom Centre, Dublin 8 on Saturday 10th September.

This free event is open to brain tumour patients as well as family members and carers. In addition to benefiting from the scheduled sessions, previous participants have reported the positives of meeting with other brain tumour patients and sharing experiences and advice.

The event will start at 10.00am and will finish at approximately 3.15pm.

Full details are available here: Wellness Day Dublin 2016

You can register your free place by emailing sandra@braintumourireland.com

 

 

 

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Mini Marathon 2016 for Brain Tumour Ireland

Thanks to all the ladies who walked, jogged and sprinted this year’s Mini Marathon in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland!

Over 70 women did this year’s Mini Marathon for us. We really enjoyed meeting with some of you at our get-together in D2 Harcourt Street on the day. It was great to meet your families and supporters too!

Thank you so much for choosing Brain Tumour Ireland as your charity for Mini Marathon 2016. Your support is vital to our work.

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Brain Tumour Ireland funding contribution to new biobank in RCSI

Biobank established in RCSI and part funded by Brain Tumour Ireland will support research aimed at increasing survival rates for brain tumour patients

Brain Tumour Ireland is delighted to support RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) in the establishment of its brain tumour biobank, which will encourage research aimed at individualised treatments and increasing survival rates for brain tumour patients.

Facilitated by the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuropathology in Beaumont Hospital, every patient undergoing brain tumour surgery will be given the opportunity to consent to have their tissue included in the biobank.

By collecting brain tumour cells from patients, the biobank will enable new and targeted therapies for brain tumours to be examined in the lab using these cells. Only patients who consent can have their tissue used in the biobank, and only tissue surplus to diagnostic requirements can be biobanked.

Speaking on behalf of Brain Tumour Ireland, Chairperson Natasha Roche said: “Brain Tumour Ireland is extremely pleased to be supporting this important biobank with such a prestigious educational and research institution as RCSI.

“This achievement is only made possible by the many kind donors who have raised money for us over the first three years of our existence, and we thank them most gratefully.

“It is our hope that the research supported by this biobank will lead the way for new and targeted therapies for brain tumours, and individualised treatments for patients. This is crucial in achieving increased survival rates for those diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

Prof Jochen Prehn, Director of the RCSI Centre for Systems Medicine and Science Foundation Ireland Investigator, said: “We are very excited about this instrumental support provided by Brain Tumour Ireland. The biobank will enable us to analyse the molecular composition (or ‘building stones’) of brain tumours, and to use this knowledge to develop much needed, novel therapies for the treatment of brain tumours.”