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Irish Cancer Society, Dublin, 08 April 2014
European Cancer Bill of Rights dedicated to the memory of leading Irish oncologist Donal Hollywood
At a ceremony in the Irish Cancer Society offices in Dublin on Tuesday 8th April 2014 at 6pm, European Cancer Concord (ECC) Members Prof. Ian Banks, Prof. John Fitzpatrick, Joan Kelly and Prof. Mark Lawler will present a framed copy of the European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rightsto the widow and family of Prof. Donal Hollywood, highly regarded oncologist and cancer research leader who sadly passed away due to cancer in 2013. Donal was a founding member of the ECC, a pan-European organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for cancer patients in Europe. On World Cancer Day 4th February 2014, the European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights was launched by the ECC in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“Prof. Hollywood was a colossus in Irish medicine. His leadership is reflected in the improved cancer care that is evident in Ireland today”, said Prof. Patrick Johnston, Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).
“The Bill of Rights is all about patient centred care and that would have resonated with Donal, given his commitment to patients and their families,” said Prof. Mark Lawler, ECC Project Lead and Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics at QUB.
The European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights represents a catalyst for change, a charter to help cancer patients to overcome the inequalities that they face every day of their lives. “We are proud to be associated with this initiative,” said Prof John Fitzpatrick Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society. “It is fitting that we make this presentation to his family, given the huge contribution that Donal made to the Irish Cancer Society over many years,” he added.
“Prof. Hollywood was there at the beginning of this initiative, so it is fitting that the European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights has been dedicated in his memory,” added Joan Kelly Irish Cancer Society and President of the Association of European Cancer Leagues.
“We are delighted to be here to accept this wonderful tribute to our sadly departed husband, father and son,” said Dr Brid Hollywood, widow and children Aoife, Niamh and Patrick Hollywood
The launch of the Bill of Rights has generated significant interest from around Europe, which is fuelling the development of a number of national initiatives that aim to provide better access to optimal cancer care for Europe’s citizens.
About the Irish Cancer Society: The Irish Cancer Society aims to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. The Society does this by providing up to date information and a range of services, and by influencing change and raising awareness of cancer issues. www.cancer.ie
About ECC: The European Cancer Concord (ECC) is a pan European partnership involving European patient advocacy organisations and cancer healthcare leaders united in a common goal to fight for the delivery of improved cancer care for Europe’s citizens. (http://sto-online.org/ecp-bill-of-rights)