Cycling for Breast Cancer Research

A number of cyclists from Roscommon took part in the recent ‘Canada Life Into the West Cycle Challenge’ to raise much-needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. Donamon Dynamo Cycling Club members, Aengus Oates, Martin Bligh, Martin Joe Moylett and Jimmy Servis all completed the 300km return journey from Mullingar to Galway on the 8th and 9th of September.     Over 200 cyclists from the four corners of Ireland took part in this very popular event and were fortunate to have pleasant weather for the weekend. This is the 13th year of the event which has raised over half a million euro for the N.B.C.R.I. and it is hoped that this years event will bring in approximately 80k this year.    Aengus, Martin, Martin Joe and Jimmy want to thank all the people who sponsored them for this worthy cause.   The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) is a voluntary based charity located at the Clinical Science Institute, University College Hospital, and Galway. It was launched by former President Mary Robinson on Mother’s Day 1991. See web site www.nbcri.ie or www.breastcancerresearch.ie.    Up to 2000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland each year. As yet breast cancer cannot be prevented; its incidence can only be reduced by early detection. Treatments are available for breast cancer but ongoing research is essential to ensure the optimal treatment for all patients, to reduce their side effects, improve their quality of life and, primarily, increase their chance of survival.    The key objective of the NBCRI is to conduct relevant, ethical research into the biology of breast cancer to determine the cause of this disease and improve the treatment for patients. The NBCRI also work to raise awareness of breast cancer and fundraise to provide improved breast cancer services for women throughout Ireland.    Cycle Tour: Donamon Dynamos are holding the annual cycle tour on Sunday 23rd of September, starting from Donamon Castle. Sign on at 10.00 am and event starts at 10.30 am. There will be three distances to suit all abilities, 20 mile, 40 mile and 80 mile, with a break after 40 miles for refreshments. Showers and food are available at finish of 80 mile trip in Donamon Castle. All are welcome.