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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sile shared cancer secret with charity chief

SILE Seoige confided in the organiser of a cancer charity soon after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, it has emerged.

The brave TV and radio presenter met scores of inspiring cancer survivors when she became an ambassador for fundraiser Dip in the Nip last summer.

And shortly after discovering her condition just three months later in September, she got in touch with organiser Maire Garvey.

"It's been a difficult few months for Sile, I had been aware for a while," Maire told the Herald.

"I have gotten to know Sile quite well since the first time she came to support Dip in the Nip and she had told me about [her cancer] before going public," Maire revealed.

"I think she just wanted to make sure that people she knew wouldn't find out through the media.

"When you're in the public eye, it can be very tough but she's handling it well, she's just as gracious in private as she is in public.

"The Dip in the Nip organisation is fully supportive of her, it's ironic that our very first ambassador should have been diagnosed with this disease.

"My experience is that she is a very strong, very positive young woman and she'll come through.

"We're very proud to have her as an ambassador, we couldn't have picked a better one.

Sile (32) opened up about her struggle with thyroid cancer last weekend, revealing that she was confronted with the diagnosis after a routine check up.

She had since had her thyroid completely removed and has found comfort with her partner, Kim Burrowes, and her sister Grainne.

Maire has hailed the broadcaster for bravely opening up about her condition.

"I think the fact that she has gone public will inspire and comfort a lot of people," she said. "One of the key things to come out of this is the importance of getting anything checked out if you're worried at all.

"Most cancers if they're caught in time can be cured, that's the crucial thing.

When Maire organised her first Dip in the Nip in 2009, an event in which members of the public bare all in order to raise money for different cancer charities, participants raised just over €56,000.

This year, Maire has organised several dips with the last one taking place on Sunday in Galway.

The inaugural mixed dip was completed for children's charity Hand in Hand West, which provides services for families of children with cancer.

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