Monday 20th March 2017

Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Tells His Own Heartbreaking Story

Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Tells His Own Heartbreaking Story

"I wanted to give something back." 

Over 1,100 cancer patients were driven to attend their chemotherapy appointments last year through the Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service.

This is a free service whereby patients are picked up from their home, brought to their appointment and then driven back home again. Money raised on Daffodil Day, March 24th, will help the Irish Cancer Society continue to provide this vital service for patients.

Image via Tony Keane

Senan Griffin is one of over 1,000 Volunteer Drivers around the country helping cancer patients get to their lifesaving treatment.

Senan has been volunteering with the Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Driver Service for five years. The former Mayor of Kildare lost his wife to cancer seven years ago and while she was undergoing treatment he was in a position to be able to bring her to her appointments.

However, he recognises that many people don’t have this source of support, and that's why he wanted to help.

He explains: 

 “I have been volunteering as a driver with the Irish Cancer Society for five years now and I really enjoy helping out in my spare time. It’s a practical service and one that makes a huge difference to patients undergoing treatment. They may not have someone to drive them to and from their appointment and they are too sick to get public transport or drive themselves.

“My wife passed away seven years ago from cancer so I’ve personal experience of cancer and know how difficult it can be. During her illness I really appreciated the work the Irish Cancer Society did and after her death I became much more involved and wanted to give something back. I have a simple mantra as a volunteer driver called TLC – time, listen and care. By showing your support this Daffodil Day you too can show people with cancer you care and help the Irish Cancer Society provide this service.”

The Irish Cancer Society’s 30th Daffodil Day takes place on Friday, March 24thHold an event, volunteer or buy a Daffodil  and raise vital funds to support people affected by cancer.