Established in 2001 the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is a registered charity and voluntary organisation, which has grown to be the national voice representing oesophageal cancer in Ireland. Governed by a board of trustees and supported by the patronage of golfer Padraig Harrington, we rely on the support of our loyal patrons and volunteers.
Our aim is develop and improve public awareness of the symptoms related to oesophageal cancer, provide funding for research into the disease and help improve the outcomes for people dealing with this cancer.
Our main fundraisers are - Lollipop Day (which takes place at the end of February/beginning of March each year), the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon, the Evening Echo Women's Mini Marathon, and other community based fundraising events. A pink lollipop is the emblem for our campaign and highlights the most common symptom of suspicion of oesophageal cancer - difficulty swallowing.
Click on the link below to hear Dr. Jacintha O'Sullivan explain how some of the monies raised goes to funding Ireland's National Barrett's Registry & Biobank.