Dip in the Nip 2011

Dare to Bare to fight cancer

A date has finally – finally! – been set for the 2011 Dip in the Nip. It is Saturday, 25th June. As before, it will be an early(ish) morning Dip, but because it’s moved to a Saturday, we are going to have a big party that night, so we’re hoping that the Dippers who travel for it will make a weekend of it! It’s called – wait for it – THE GREAT BIG DIPPER PARTY!

There’s going to be a lot of new things this year, which I will write about in more detail in the coming weeks. But firstly, let me tell you what the money you raise is going to support this year.

The Dip in the Nip is proud to support the Irish Cancer Society for the third year. The Irish Cancer Societys’ mission is to play a vital role in achieving world-class cancer services in Ireland, to ensure fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes.

This year, the Dip in the Nip will also provide a Scalp Cooler to the Haemotology & Oncology Department in Sligo General Hospital. Scalp coolers are very successful in  minimising and sometimes preventing hair loss during chemotherapy treatments, and can also help in maintaining a positive body image at this challenging time. The Dip in the Nip over the next 5 years wants to ensure that ALL cancer patients have the opportunity and choice to use scalp coolers. I am delighted that the first one that the Dip will purchase is going to Sligo General Hospital.

And finally, the Dip in the Nip is supporting the Drogheda Cancer Research & Education Trust in providing  a genomic test which determines if a patient is better suited to anti-hormonal therapy than chemotherapy and which predicts the patient’s likely benefit from chemotherapy as well as their likelihood of breast cancer recurrence. Approximately 200 people a year could benefit from this therapy.

I will give more details of each of these projects over the coming week.

Irish Cancer Society will also benefit this year, but the Haemotology & Oncology Department in Sligo General Hospital and the Drogheda Cancer Research & Education Trust will also benefit.

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