Fundraisers Stories – Meet Gráinne O’Hagan

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Our fundraisers are a constant inspiration to us so we invite you to meet Gráinne O’Hagan, an incredible supporter of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute for a number of years.

Married to Ger and mother to Liam, Grainne lives in Whitehall, Dublin and has lost her two sisters, Eithne at 46, and Roisin at 49 to breast cancer, leaving their young families behind and so driving her to fundraise for breast cancer research for the last eight years. Gráinne also realised that she needed to look after herself and over the last three years by making simple changes to her lifestyle, including walking every day and changing her eating habits, she has managed to reduce her body weight by seven stone, now feeling so much better, and finding it so much easier to socialise and enjoy life. Gráinne also keeps herself in check by getting a yearly mammogram and attending the Breast Health Unit, at Eccles Street, Dublin.

For the last eight years Gráinne has taken part in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and even though this year’s marathon was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Gráinne still put on the pink NBCRI t-shirt and completed her own 10km walk within her 5km radius raising much needed funds and support for the charity.

Earlier this week it was announced that the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will be virtual and take place from the 1st – 10th October where women are asked to complete 10km by walking, jogging or running during that period in their local area. So Gráinne’s pink t-shirt is back on and she’ll be flying around Whitehall over the next few months in training.

Why not join Gráinne and thousands of women nationwide by taking part in this year’s Vhi Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon. The National Breast Cancer Research Institute would love to have you on our team. Just register for the event at contact us on 091 863917 or email for your fundraising pack.

Thank you to Gráinne and her family for letting us share her story.

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