The Emer Casey Foundation & ILGU President's Charity Day

​East Leinster raising funds for The Emer Casey Foundation

  • 31 May 2016
Malahide Golf Club is the venue for our ILGU President's Charity Day, and again, this year's chosen charity is The Emer Casey Foundation.

You can help by playing in our fun 3 Ball Stableford Team event in Malahide GC on Thursday 23rd June - to enter phone 086-855 0612.
Entry fee €20pp and teams can be made up of friends from different clubs. 

The Emer Casey Foundation was established in 2006 by the Casey family, following the death of their much loved daughter and sister, Emer, at the age of just 28 years. To date, over €800,000 has been raised by the Foundation with the help of Emer's family, friends and neighbours from Youghal in Co. Cork and also, her employers, Matheson Solicitors.  The Foundation's goals are to fund research into ovarian/uterine cancer, to help improve patient care and to raise awareness of the cancers.

In the area of research, the foundation has donated most of its resources to the DISCOVARY consortium in Dublin.  Three of the four Emer Casey Foundation fellows funded by The Emer Casey Foundation graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2013 and a fourth is continuing to work on the significance of novel proteins that appear to predict the presence of ovarian cancer.  The Foundation also funds research projects in Melbourne and Edinburgh and it brought together these three projects at the Inaugural Ovarian Cancer Forum of Ireland in Barberstown Castle in 2013.

The Emer Casey Foundation added recently a practical component to its work which will help patients in the immediate future.  It funded the first Gynaecological Oncology Liaison Nurse Specialist at Cork University Maternity Hospital for one year.  The Health Service Executive is now funding this post on a full-time basis.  The Foundation is also purchasing two ultrasound scanners for St. James's Hospital, Dublin.  This will enable symptomatic women to be diagnosed timeously.

The Foundation facilitated a number of lectures and talks to lay people and students on the importance of being aware of the symptonms of ovarian cancer and it has been advocating for the release of referral guidelines to GPs designed to assist with the early diagnosis of the disease.