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HELPING: Photographer Evelyn Woodard didn't hesitate to help raise funds for Dublin mother Holly Kennedy who is going through an aggressive form of cancer. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

This week, Editor of the Killarney Advertiser Michelle Crean is 'In Conversation' with local photographer Evelyn Woodard who, after coming through her own breast cancer battle, continues to help others on a similar journey.

Five years ago Evelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now recovered from her journey, she's inspiring and helping others.

Upon hearing the news that Dublin mother Holly Kennedy who previously overcame breast cancer has relapsed and is at stage four with the cancer now in her liver, lungs and bones - Evelyn decided to get involved in a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some funds for the €70,000 needed to get her to America for specialist treatment.

With the fundraiser currently at over €44,000, there's still a long way to go, and to help Evelyn is donating a €200 voucher for a portrait sitting.

Five years ago Evelyn (45) herself found a lump but initially ignored it. However, after eventually seeking advice from her GP she was referred to Cork for a triple assessment which includes touch, mammogram and a biopsy, and was almost immediately told it was in fact breast cancer.

“Ignorance of how the whole process works and how long you have to wait for results is a lot of it,” Evelyn said. “I was pretty much told that day that it was breast cancer - it was July 31."

Evelyn explained that going through an experience like that changes you.

"When you have cancer you become very much aware of other people going through it. I’ve found that people are afraid of their life to talk about it.”

Last year, as a way of giving back, Evelyn from Faha, arranged a beautiful photoshoot with women from all over Ireland, including two best friends, who have or have had breast cancer. She said that it was a very emotional experience to go through.

Now, after hearing Holly's own story of how her cancer has returned even more aggressively, Evelyn didn't hesitate to help. As a new mum of a little boy, Holly found her lump whilst breast feeding and was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a very aggressive and fast growing breast cancer in December 2016, at the age 32. Holly set up the free ‘Happy Magazine’ a publication dedicated to positivity and inspiration for those who have survived or are going through cancer. Now the cancer has returned and she's been accepted on a pharmaceutical drug trial through Cytodyn in the USA.

Now using her skills and talent, Evelyn is hoping that by offering a voucher for a photoshoot it will help raise some much needed funds for Holly’s treatment.

“I don’t know Holly but I have chatted to her online," Evelyn said. "I would be quite friendly with Olive who set up the GoFundMe page for Holly and I saw it when she shared it out on social media. Holly is at stage four and you’d do anything to help a mother through that.”

The competition is being run through @browtique_cork_official_nurse Instagram page. All you have to do is donate €5 and comment #hollystrail. The draw will take place on August 6 at 7pm. Also see GoFundMe: Keep Holly Healthy And “HAPPY”( USA drug trial).

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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