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Alex McEleny asks Dáil to Support Cancer Fund for Children

16 year old Alex McEleney from Baldoyle addressed a meeting of Dáil members in Buswells Hotel, Dublin.

He was campaigning on behalf of Cancer Fund for Children as an advocate for the support he has received during his cancer treatment. He called on the Government to support us and to help build a new therapeutic short break centre in Cong, Co Mayo for children with cancer and their families.

The briefing provided an overview our plans, the need for support and the important role elected representatives and institutions have in helping to ensure no child has to face cancer alone.

Our mission is to ensure that every child diagnosed with cancer and their family has access to emotional and social support regardless of where they live in Ireland.

We have advanced plans to build a second therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge, in Cong, County Mayo as we are only able to offer one in seven families therapeutic respite in Co. Down.

We have recruited a Cancer Support Specialist based in CHI at Crumlin. This service is being delivered in partnership with the Katie Nugent Fund, which was established within the Children’s Health Foundation to provide psychological and emotional support for the children with cancer and their families on St John’s Ward in Crumlin, throughout the period of their treatment.

We are currently recruiting a team of four Cancer Support Specialists who will be based in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Cavan/Westmeath supporting young people and families.

Find out more about the development of community services across the island of Ireland here.