first_imgMargaret is pictured, with CCC(NW) colleagues at unveiling of plans for Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin (4th from the right)The members of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW) have paid tribute to their most senior, highly esteemed colleague and dear friend Margaret Callaghan, who died peacefully at home in Carrygault, Ramelton on Saturday 4 June 2016 at the age of 87 years.Margaret had for 11 years campaigned fearlessly for the retention and development of cancer services in Letterkenny University Hospital and for the provision of radiotherapy services in the NorthWest.Having achieved the retention of sympathetic breast services and the appointment of a permanent Consultant Breast Surgeon at Letterkenny, one of CCC(NW)’s top priorities was to lobby on both sides of the Border to ensure that the possibility of a radiotherapy unit in the North West Region became a reality. Margaret lobbied the length and breadth of this island, she lobbied in Leinster House and Stormont Castle, in Council Chambers, on the streets of Dublin, Derry and Letterkenny, she lobbied politicians and health officials from both sides of the border and she brought our campaign into the homes of every town and townland in Donegal. Her message and that of every CCC(NW) member was simple and easy to understand.The people of Donegal and the North West Region needed a radiotherapy unit in either Letterkenny General or Altnagelvin Hospital to treat cancer patients locally and we needed to work together, speaking with one united voice to achieve this goal.Margaret was passionate regarding the necessity of locating this facility in the NorthWest Region to serve cancer patients in Donegal/NW. She had a great sense of the importance of community.A very happy and proud moment for her and her colleagues who accompanied her was when she represented CCC(NW) and helped turn the sod in Altnagelvin for the Cross border North West Radiotherapy Unit on July 9th 2014. Unfortunately, Margaret did not live to see the opening of the Unit that is due to become operational in late autumn of this year, but she made sure she inspected its progress when she travelled, shortly before her death, with her son to Altnagelvin to see it in its construction stage.It gave Margaret great joy and solace to know that the vast majority of future Donegal cancer patients requiring radiotherapy treatment will be spared long physical, psychological and financial distressing journeys for treatment.  Treatment will be provided nearer to home.All in CCC(NW) recognised in Margaret the qualities of a woman of great and gentle heart and fierce determination. She spoke with a quiet authority, a wise woman. She was a true and loyal friend. A woman who demonstrated a great sense of fun, compassion and kindness, a woman of great integrity.Margaret had been a member of Donegal Action for Cancer and she served on its County Committee from May 2005 until she resigned with others in early 2007 and joined fellow past DACC members to establish Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest in March 2007.Margaret Callaghan, made a difference, she was a truly strong, kind, determined woman who worked to ensure that cancer patients treatment and lives were improved.All of us in CCC(NW) will dearly miss her, we have lost a sister, a cherished member of the CCC(NW) family. Members of CCC(NW) offer sincere condolences to our highly esteemed member, Margaret’s daughter Elizabeth Gibbons, and to all Margaret’s sons and daughters, in-laws, grandchildren and extended family circle. May Margaret rest in peace.DONEGAL CANCER GROUP PAY TRIBUTE TO LATE MEMBER MARGARET was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cancer Care North-WEstdonegalMargaret CallaghanRameltontributelast_img

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