Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

RTÉ star Áine Lawlor and lead­ing can­cer spe­cial­ist Prof John Crown were among those who launched a unique fundrais­ing cam­paign for can­cer re­search in Dublin last Fri­day morn­ing.

Young mu­si­cians from Bray and Grey­stones also played at the oc­ca­sion.

Pas­sen­gers com­ing and go­ing through Pearse Street Dart Sta­tion were treated to a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza as per­form­ers from dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions gath­ered around Peter Eades on pi­ano and sang their hearts out in an ap­peal to choirs, groups and friends all over Ire­land to put on singing per­for­mances over the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 4 to mark UN des­ig­nated World Can­cer Day.

The money raised will go to the Caro­line Foun­da­tion for Can­cer Re­search, which was set up in mem­ory of Grey­stones wo­man Caro­line Dwyer-Hickey.

‘We’d love peo­ple in vil­lages, towns and cities all over the coun­try to get out and sing over the first week­end of Fe­bru­ary for this im­por­tant cause,’ said Aine Lawlor, who fronts the ‘Give Us A Song!’ cam­paign.

‘As some­one whose life has been sig­nif­i­cantly changed by medical science, I am a firm be­liever in the po­ten­tial of re­search to de­code and ul­ti­mately de­feat can­cer.’

The Caro­line Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in 2013 af­ter Grey­stones na­tive and former pri­mary school teacher Car- oline Dwyer-Hickey (35) died fol­low­ing a nine year bat­tle with can­cer.

The Caro­line Foun­da­tion is 100 per cent vol­un­teer driven and funds the work of a num­ber of re­searchers on the Can­cer Clin­i­cal Re­search Trust (CCRT) team.

Ac­cord­ing to Prof Crown from the CCRT, the foun­da­tion is al­ready mak­ing an im­pact in the on­go­ing bat­tle against can­cer.

‘In 2017, re­search sup­ported and fa­cil­i­tated by the Caro­line Foun­da­tion yielded new in­sights into po­ten­tial treat­ments for the most ag­gres­sive types of breast can­cer, HER2+ and triple neg­a­tive,’ said Prof Crown.

‘As a re­sult, we are start­ing new clin­i­cal tri­als for pa­tients with both of these dis­ease types in 2018. We are also ap­ply­ing these in­sights into po­ten­tial treat­ment pro­grammes in other can­cer types. The new gen­er­a­tion of tri­als will be called af­ter Caro­line, and we an­tic­i­pate that we will be en­ter­ing pa­tients onto the Caro­line 1 Trial in the first quar­ter of 2018.’

World Can­cer Day falls on Fe­bru­ary 4 each year which, poignantly, was Caro­line’s birth­day. ‘ She would have cel­e­brated her 40th birth­day this year,’ said her fa­ther, Der­mod Dwyer.

‘It’s a very spe­cial day in our cal­en­dar and we hope it will be par­tic­u­larly spe­cial this year with an even more suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing event.’

Give Us A Song! takes place from Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, to Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, and will fea­ture per­form­ers busk­ing on the street and singing in their work, school, church or pub. There will be con­certs in lo­cal halls and GAA clubs and lots of sing-songs at home. Over 80 events were held in 2017.

To reg­is­ter an event, email giveusasong@the­caro­line­foun­da­tion.com.

Martha Lackey, Ailbhe Whit­tle, Ge­or­gia Dixon and Emma Nes­bitt with Áine Lawlor at the launch of ‘Give Us a Song’.

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