WALK IN SUSIE’S MEMORY
An inspirational mother who died after exposing horrific failings in our health system will be remembered at a special event in her community.
KCLR 96fm presenter Edwina Grace will be leading the walk in memory of courageous Susie Long, who died from bowel cancer in 2007.
Edwina, who has had personal experience of cancer in her family, described her admiration for Susie Long for speaking out about her struggles as a public patient.
Edwina will be joined by her cousin, Kilkenny hurling legend Tommy Walsh, on the day. Fans will get the opportunity to wish Tommy well as he announced his retirement from intercounty hurling this morning (Thursday, Nov 20). Edwina is encouraging people, young and old, to turn out for the walk and enjoy the fresh air and to remember loved ones who have died through cancer.
Susie's family and friends, including her husband, Conor Mac Liam, will be attending the walk. Conor, who is a member of the Susie Long Hospice Fund, the group set up to lobby for a 12-bed hospice in Kilkenny said: "The walk is an opportunity to spread the word about what we do and to remember Susie in a sociable and fun way.
Registration forms for the walk are available from Rollercoaster Records on Kieran Street, Kilkenny or contact Eamonn on 085 148 7736. Donations can be made on the day of the walk. Free t-shirt to everyone who contributes €5 or more. Water and lollipops will be provided for walkers.
Six state-of-the-art palliative care beds financed by the Susie Long Hospice Fund will be officially opened in St Luke's Hospital General Hospital for Carlow-Kilkenny on Friday (October 10th, 2014).
Minister of State Ann Phelan will unveil the new beds, equipment and furnishings which were funded by the group set up in memory of the late Susie Long.
Susie died of bowel cancer on October 12th, 2007, aged 41 but not before she exposed the failings of a two-tier healthcare system. Susie's husband, Conor Mac Liam, and their two children Áine and Fergus, have welcomed the new facilities at St Luke's.
The Susie Long Hospice Fund (SLHF) allocated €50,000 for the new specialist beds, equipment and furnishings in St Luke's.
Chairman of the SLHF Fund Tommy Roche said the group is "delighted to provide support to palliative care patients" in the hospital. "We will also be funding a family area very soon. These measures will add to the excellent care already provided by management and staff at the hospital."
He added: "It is thanks to the generosity of the people who donated to the Susie Long Hospice Fund that palliative care patients will now see real benefits. We look forward to the day when we return to St Luke's to open the permanent 12-bed hospice."
The SLHF has raised over €688,000 to date and continues to raise awareness of the need for hospice care for patients throughout the country. The group has been working closely with General Manager of St Luke's Hospital Anne Slattery and Clinical Director of the hospital Dr Garry Courtney in recent months to secure the new beds.
"We would like to extend our thanks to the management and all of the staff at St Luke's for their ongoing commitment to palliative care patients in Carlow and Kilkenny," said Mr Roche.A ceremony to mark the official opening of the new beds will be attended by Minister of State Ann Phelan, members of the SLHF, and management at St Luke's in the Education Centre, Administration Building, on Friday (October 10th, 2014, at 11 am).
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