Irish breast surgeon swaps surgical scrubs for cycling shorts

by Gazette Reporter
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Renowned for his expertise within the operating theatre, Professor Arnie Hill is now gearing up to conquer a different kind of challenge – a gruelling 670km cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head over the June bank holiday.

The Professor of Surgery at Beaumont Hospital, and Chair of Breast Cancer Ireland will participate in part of the Nissan Mizen to Malin fundraising cycle organized by Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club in Stillorgan.  

Setting aside his surgical scrubs momentarily, Prof Hill aims to pedal through several western counties, not just pushing him to his physical limits, but also raising critical funds for Breast Cancer Ireland’s ongoing pioneering research programmes. With each kilometre conquered, he will be cycling for the countless lives that could potentially be saved through advancements in research and treatment.

However, he certainly won’t be alone on this journey, as almost 75 hardy male and female members of Kilmacud Crokeswill also hit the (long!) road over the June Bank Holiday (Wednesday 29 May –June 2) to complete the cycling challengealongside Prof Hill, raising funds for both Breast Cancer Ireland and the Kilmacud Crokes Development Fund.

This is the sixth time this challenge has been undertaken by the club and the numbers of eager participants continues to grow, with an incredible €636k having been raised over the course of the last five events.

The cycle is set to commence from Mizen Head, West Cork, on the morning of Wednesday May 29 after the group travels down by bus from Dublin. It will wind its way up the West Coast of the country, arriving at Malin Head on Sunday, June 2, from where the undoubtedly weary group will stay overnight, having a well-earned last night in Donegal, and travel back to Dublin by bus on bank holiday Monday, June 3.

Prof Arnie Hill said:Events such as this are a hugely important source of funding for Ireland’s leading breast cancer charity – tasked with changing the landscape of breast cancer treatment into the future. Kilmacud Crokes have been sterling supporters of the work that Breast Cancer Ireland does, for many years now, for which we are incredibly grateful. 

“This year, for the first time, I’ve decided to swap my scrubs for cycling shorts and undertake the not insignificant 670k from one end of the country to the other, to join in the challenge, and hopefully help raise funds for world class research into this disease, new treatments and personalized therapies. I’ve done sections of the route previously – but not the full route, so am hoping for some good weather – and more importantly the stamina to make it to the finish line!”

Chairperson of the event fundraising committee this year, Linda Tormley added:We’re hugely impressed that one of Ireland’s leading breast surgeons is undertaking a challenge of this scale, complete with the gruelling training required, to cycle alongside our KC cyclists every inch of the way, and to help us fundraise as much as we possibly can for this great cause. Here’s hoping for some good weather, safe cycling and great fun along the way.”

Seamus Morgan, MD of Nissan Ireland, which has sponsored the event since its inception, noted: “We’re once again delighted to be the main sponsor of this bi-annual cycling challenge supporting Breast Cancer Ireland and Kilmacud Crokes Development Fund. By rallying together to raise funds, we’re not just pedalling kilometres, but also driving progress towards a future free from the grip of this disease that impacts one in seven women across Ireland. Every donation fuels hope, every cyclist embodies determination, and together, we’re helping to accelerate the pace of change in the fight against this disease.”

Each participating cyclist covers his/her own hotel, accommodation and food costs, giving of their own time and also raises a minimum of €1300 each and Nissan Ireland sponsoring the cycling gear for all participants.

To support simply Text “Cure” to 50300 to donate €4 to Breast Cancer Ireland, visit www.breastcancerireland.com or make a donation directly to Prof Hill’s fundraising page at https://eventmaster.ie/fundraising/pages/AH54612563

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