Peter Cooney cut the ribbon on the new extension to our centre on May 26th 2019. He officially opened the newest part of our building along with Hubert Geoghegan a close personal friend of Peter who helped organise an incredibly successful event that raised over €80,000 that allowed us to build on to our centre giving us one more treatment room a counselling room and an office. This will allow their support workers and therapists to extend their care and support to more families in much need of this service.
From the Director of Services
Jacqueline Daly, the Managing director of services, said at a recent committee meeting that due to the support of this massive fundraiser as well as all the other generous fundraisers we receive, gives her peace of mind that the EGM Cancer Support can remain open for another year. Saying that, we need more financial support as we do not receive any state funding or support of any kind.
Peter is the brother of All-Ireland winner Joe Cooney – and he says that he is lucky to reflect on a career in hurling that also brought him two All-Ireland club titles but now he is facing a new challenge having being diagnosed with cancer in March 2017 and underwent treatment in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. Peter along with his wife Emer, sons Oisin (17), Cormac (12) and Eanna (10) have availed of the facilities provided at the centre. He said that his family will profess at first hand the experience of support and care that has been provided to them which was the incentive required for his fund raising initiative.
It is an invaluable source of support, care and comfort to the patients, family and friends that use their services free of charge.
To assist with this development Peter decided to help focus his energy and effort into organising a fundraising raffle coinciding with a card game event
From his own GAA days with Sarsfields he was lucky enough to win five senior club titles and two all-Ireland club titles alongside his brothers Jimmy, Pakie, Michael, Joe and Brendan who were all supporting him in his fundraising
Recently Peter Cooney and Hubert Geoghegan presented a cheque for an astounding €80,131.65 to the Director of Services Jacqueline Daly, Chairperson of the Committee Mossy Concannon and Chairperson of the Board Michael Daly at East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support. Peter Cooney paid a special thanks to the GAA clubs across Galway that helped his fundraiser out. There were more than 40 in total. The marts in Athenry, Ballinasloe, Gort, Loughrea and Mountbellew along with McInerneys SuperValu, Loughrea supported the cause as well.