Leading Irish author, Emma Hannigan has partnered with Its4Women.ie to launch a campaign calling on Irish women to share their experiences of breast cancer to honour Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Online car insurance provider, Its4Women.ie has pledged to donate €4 for every story which is shared on its4breastcancer.ie – a bespoke site hosted by the company throughout the month of October. Its4Women will also commission an Irish designer to collate the stories into a piece of art which will be donated to Professor Arnold Hill’s Clinic in Beaumont Hospital.
Emma Hannigan, who has recently revealed that she has been diagnosed with cancer for the tenth time, is backing the campaign in a bid to remind those who have been affected by breast cancer that they are not alone, no matter what stage they are at in their journey.
“A breast cancer diagnosis evokes a myriad of emotions. When I was diagnosed at first I vowed that I would stand up and fight. But most of all, I vowed I wouldn’t allow cancer to silence me. So much control is removed by a cancer diagnosis. I know I was thrust into an unfamiliar world where hospitals slowly became the norm. But I swiftly realised that I could still be me. By talking and listening to other patients, I also knew that I wasn’t alone.
I’m supporting this campaign because I want to encourage women across Ireland to come together and share their unique experiences this October. Don’t allow cancer to silence you. Raise your voices and be heard. Let’s fight the good fight, together.”
its4women.ie has been supporting the work of its designated charity, Breast Cancer Ireland and has contributed €36,500 to the charity and an additional €10,000 was raised in sponsorships.
Managing Director of its4women.ie, Gary McCarty, hopes that October’s ‘Words of Inspiration’ campaign will help bolster the total whilst providing a platform for Irish females to share their experiences. He commented:
“In Ireland, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women, affecting around 2,400 Irish females annually. We wanted to create a platform where these women could share their journeys through the fear, pain, suffering and triumph whilst also helping to contribute to the vital work being carried out by Breast Cancer Ireland.
“For each story submitted, we will donate €4 to Breast Cancer Ireland. We will also be using the words of inspiration shared throughout this campaign to create a piece of artwork which will be presented to Beaumont Hospital by its4women.ie and Emma Hannigan.”
Stories can be shared via its4breastcancer.ie throughout the month of October.