Hundreds turn out to light the way for ARC and cancer fight
More than 400 people took part in the annual Torch of Hope Walk to raise money for ARC Cancer Support Centres yesterday.
Walkers converged from the northside and southside of Dublin to meet on the Sean O'Casey Bridge before lighting an Olympic-style cauldron.
The event brought together families, friends and communities who have been affected by cancer in a celebration of life and in memory of lost loved ones.
Cancer survivor Tony Ward, the former Ireland rugby star, helped carry the torch and urged people to help raise funds for ARC, which provides free counselling, support and services for cancer patients and their families.
He said he "personally experienced the amazing work that ARC Cancer Support Centres do to support people and their families".
Among musicians who performed at the event were cancer survivor Christy Dignam and the North Dublin Community Choir.
Leading the walks were torch-carriers Michelle Hanlon from Marino and David Howell from Kilcock, Co Kildare.
Mother-of-two Michelle (48), who had just completed radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer, said she valued the support of her loved ones. Her late mother had fought three bouts of cancer and she drew strength from her.
David (41), a father-of-two, said he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in July and is midway through chemotherapy.
The company sales manager said he had been running 20km a week and had no symptoms until three or four weeks before the diagnosis.
"When I got the news, my world was turned upside down. It was like a bomb going off. But as soon as I was diagnosed in St James's Hospital I went to the ARC centre on the South Circular Road and they've been brilliant ever since.
"My wife has also been unbelievably supportive," he said.