Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

DR. NORMA O’Dono­van is the sci­en­tist whose work is to be sup­ported by The Caro­line Foun­da­tion, which was es­tab­lised in mem­ory of Grey­stones woman Caro­line Dwyer-Hickey.

For over a decade she has worked in cancer re­search and has seen sig­nif­i­cant break­throughs in that time.

Based in Dublin City Univer­sity, the re­search is car­ried out by the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Cel­lu­lar Biotech­nol­ogy and Norma’s po­si­tion is funded by the Clin­i­cal Cancer Re­search Trust.

Caro­line Dwyer-Hickey passed away last year af­ter a nine-year bat­tle with breast cancer. Her par­ents Der­mod and He­len founded the foun­da­tion in her mem­ory. She ben­e­fit­ted di­rectly from Norma’s work and that of her team of 10 people. ‘We be­lieve her life was pro­longed by around five years,’ said He­len.

Cancer was al­ways some­thing in which suc­cesss­ful sci­en­tist Dr O’Dono­van wanted to spe­cialise. She stud­ied at UCC be­fore go­ing on to St. Vin­cent’s and now DCU.

The re­search in­volves test­ing drugs which tar­get par­tic­u­lar cells, and analysing the be­hav­iour of cancer cells fol­low­ing treat­ment in or­der to give the pa­tient al­ter­na­tives.

‘Af­ter Caro­line had passed away we wanted to give some­thing back to the CCRT,’ ex­plained He­len. ‘We wanted to fund one par­tic­u­lar re­searcher.’ She and Dr. O’Dono­van never met dur­ing Caro­line’s life how­ever know each other well now. ‘ We were thrilled to ap­point Dr. O’Dono­van both be­cause of her years of ex­pe­ri­ence and be­cause of Caro­line’s treat­ment.’’

A record-break­ing at­tempt to bring aware­ness rib­bon along the Cliff Walk from Bray to Grey­stones will be held on Sun­day May 11 and people can still come for­ward to take part. Businesses can also spon­sor a marker along the route on the day.

The Cliff Walk will be closed to the pub­lic up to 3 p.m. that day. The fivemle rib­bon chain will be cre­ated by sewing 39,000 bands of 10 inch rib­bon lengths to­ge­hter.

To reg­is­ter email he­len@the­caro­line­foun­da­ or talk to Bray or Grey­stones Cancer Sup­port Cen­tres.

A reg­is­tra­tion fee of €10 will sup­port The Caro­line Foun­da­tion Fel­low­ship and Dr. O’Dono­van’s con­tin­u­ing work.

Sign­ing in on the day be­gins at 10 a.m. at the Bray Seafront and Grey­stones Har­bour.

Above: the late Caro­line Dwyer-Hickey, who passed away last year; right: Dr Norma O’Dono­van

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