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Cathal Curtis's 2nd Galway Bay Swim Challenge
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€ 4,000.00

Target : € 500.00
From 51 fantastic supporters DONATIONS AVAILABLE UNTIL 20 Aug 2019
Cathal Curtis's 2nd Galway Bay Swim Challenge

Cathal Curtis

Fundraising For Cancer Care West
Latest Update !!

Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim, Sat 20th of July 2019 - 13km non-stop

  • In 2016 my darling wife Michelle lost her battle with cancer.

So cruelly taken from us at the tender age of 45 years.
Before, during and after our horrific ordeal, Cancer Care West were there for us. They supported us in so many ways. Most of all they stopped us from sinking deep into despair.
Not knowing what to do or where to turn they helped me every step of this cruel journey. 
They also helped me with the most difficult tasks facing a soon to be single parent with two girls.
I will be forever in their debt.

I heard about this Galway Bay Swim. I loved swimming. I could swim, but only in the pool, not very fast and not for very long.
I told someone I was going to swim the Galway Bay Swim in memory of Michelle and raise money for Cancer Care West. I immediately got lots of offers of help for babysitting, coaching, training, a boat skipper and crew for the boat.
I got so many contributions and sponsorship  - a testament to what Michelle meant to them.
I trained like a lunatic, enjoying every moment of it (well maybe not every moment of it) and had a wonderful, emotional and thrilling successful crossing.
In 2018 I was so jealous of those that swam the bay that year, that I promised myself I'd do it in 2019.

So here we are one month out, my skipper Brian is onboard, Debi and Niall my boat crew are onboard, the training is going well and I'm looking forward to my 2nd Galway Bay Swim.

It is a real honour and privilege to be allowed take part in the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim. 

I'm asking you to sponsor me and contribute to Cancer Care West so that other families and individuals can have a place to turn to in their darkest hour.

If you are free on Sat 20th Jul please come to Blackrock diving tower in Salthill, be part of the welcoming home party and one of the highlights of the year in Galway city.


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  • John Barry

    Well done again Cathal - an inspiration for us all.

    17
    Aug
    2019
  • Denise Mc Grath

    Cathal your strength, determination and passion are so inspiring. Huge congratulation on all you have raised to support Cancer Care West and all the hearts you have touched

    €25.00
    05
    Aug
    2019
  • Anonymous

    €50.00
    02
    Aug
    2019
  • Norman

    €50.00
    31
    Jul
    2019
  • Auntie Mary Curtis

    Cathal it gives me great pleasure to donate to this great cause that was so helpful to you, Annie and Sarah in your time of need. I don't know how you do that mammoth swim - very proud of you! xx

    €50.00
    31
    Jul
    2019
  • Ger & Maria Coughlan

    Super achievement again Cathal under tough conditions - I know thoughts of Michelle kept you going and the great cause you are supporting. Looking forward to my annual visit to the Bay already!

    €50.00
    30
    Jul
    2019
  • JIMMY & NOREEN CAHILLAHE, RANGURE , KILLORAN, CO KERRY

    we met Jimmy & Noreen, in the Salthill hotel , last saturday night, they kindly donated to your swin, and wish you and the children well, Miriam

    €50.00
    30
    Jul
    2019
  • Chlora hall

    €25.00
    26
    Jul
    2019
  • SEAN MIRIAM TIERNEY

    CONGRATULATION AND WELL DONE COS

    €50.00
    25
    Jul
    2019
  • EMMET & JOAN LYNCH

    CATHAL , these are our good neighbors Joan and Emmett Lynch, who would like to make a contribution to your to account ,in admiration of your swin in Salthill last Saturday, Joan lost her Brother recently to cancer, great neighbours,Miriam

    €50.00
    25
    Jul
    2019

About the cause

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Cancer Care West is the west of Ireland cancer charity dedicated to supporting those whose lives have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Our aim is to enhance patient care and well being and to provide supports to cancer patients and their families during and after their treatment. We aim to provide a holistic service that complements medical treatment through the provision of residential accommodation and cancer support services. Cancer Care West also provides cancer awareness and educationa

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Recent Updates

  • Today I was blown away with two big donations, one anonymous and one named. The anonymous one was double anonymous so even I don't know who it's from. Thank you very much on behalf of Cancer Care West. And now it's time for zzzzz. Let's hope it's uninterrupted zzzzz until 7am.
    19 Jul 2019
  • The 3 amigos!! "9k-Majella" they call her!!
    06 Jul 2019
  • Big thanks and well done to Majella and Niall on helping/accompanying me out our big pre-bay swim training this morning. 9km in just over 3hrs. Best of luck also to Majella on her crossing in two weeks. That's the last of the big training events before the big swim on the 20th. Definitely time for a nap on the sofa!!
    06 Jul 2019
  • I was really spurred on by all the donations yesterday and the invite from Majella, Fergal, Clionadh and Annette this. Renville at 9am sharp. Swimming with a group is so much better than on your todd. You go further and faster. 6km this morning in beautiful conditions. Here's the details: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3772057438?share_unique_id=8
    22 Jun 2019
  • Wow once again I'm completely gobsmacked by everyone's generosity! Full quota reached in less than 24hrs! Longer swims start in earnest at 9am tomorrow morning. We'll aim for somewhere between 2-6km. Bed early and no beer tonight 😀
    21 Jun 2019
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