East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support, established in 2012 and based in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, is a non-profit charitable organisation which provides a network of psychological, emotional, and practical support for those diagnosed with cancer.
EGM Cancer Support provides voluntary Practical, Emotional and Social Support for people living with cancer, as well as their families and friends. This fantastic centre aims to address the needs of all its clients with a caring, understanding touch. Many of their wonderful volunteers have been through similar experiences and as a result are truly empathetic to those currently battling with cancer. The number of people attending the centre each week has now reached over two hundred people. East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support have also become a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) which gives them both a political and medical voice in Europe.
The centre seeks to address the unmet needs of cancer patients, welcoming everyone regardless of ethnicity, creed, or gender. They offer practical help, physical and mental health support through a daily drop-in centre, transport to and from radiotherapy appointments, complimentary therapies, counselling, fitness, nutrition, support groups, educational talks, food parcels, CLIMB programme for children and the Thrive to Survive programme. Through Covid-19 the centre also offers helplines, food parcels, and medicine drops as well as transport to radiotherapy. All the priceless support that this centre offer is completely free of charge.
EGM Cancer Support were able to put funding from our players towards the running costs of their invaluable minibus. This bus travels from the Ballinasloe and Loughrea area to University College Galway Hospital and Galway Clinic for radiotherapy treatments, five days a week. This service is free of charge for cancer patients. Providing transport for radiotherapy treatments is an essential service, and it helps them to ease a financial, mental, and physical burden for themselves and their families at a very difficult time. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic it is vital to continue to provide this service to their clients, as cancer patients are vulnerable during their treatment and it helps them to travel safely and minimize the risk of getting infections through using public transport.
This is such a vital service for Cancer patients and one we're humbled to support the wonderful people at East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support Centre.