Neven Maguire, inspired by his mother, supporting Target Lung Cancer appeal –St. James’s Hospital
Neven Maguire, award winning chef and restaurateur, supported by members of the clinical team treating patients with lung cancer, officially launched Neven’s Food Festival, in aid of Target Lung Cancer in St. James’s Hospital. The food festival takes place on 1 September 2016, at Clontarf Castle Hotel, where Neven will demonstrate a three-course meal, alongside artisan food stalls, with great raffles and prizes.
Speaking at the launch recently, Neven Maguire, said; “My mother was my inspiration and encouraged me to cook at a young age. Vera died of lung cancer in 2012, and we miss her every day. As ambassador for Target Lung Cancer, I have met the dedicated members of the clinical team as well as the scientists. I was very moved when I recently met with some of the patients being treated for lung cancer at St James’s. I listened to their positive experiences and saw first hand the great connection that the clinical team have with their patients.”
Dr Finbarr O’Connell (Lead Clinician for Lung Cancer, Respiratory Consultant at St James’s Hospital) said ‘St James’s Hospital is a Cancer Centre of Excellence and is Ireland’s largest lung cancer referral centre. We provide rapid access for diagnosis and staging, and complex multidisciplinary treatment for patients from across Ireland. Our surgeons carry out about 50% of the lung cancer surgery for Ireland including complex lung preserving surgery. We have dedicated medical oncology for lung cancer and state-of-the-art radiotherapy including stereotactic radiotherapy. Our mission is to provide person-centred best care for every patient with lung cancer.
“Our vision is to make a sustained and significant contribution to efforts by doctors and scientists worldwide to cure patients with lung cancer. For those we can’t cure, our shared aim with our colleagues globally, is to make lung cancer a chronic disease that can be managed effectively while preserving quality of life”.
Professor Stephen Finn, co-director of the Cancer Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at St. James’s Hospital, said; “Future progress to identify and develop new markers and therapeutic targets for lung cancer will be made possible through the ongoing support of the internationally recognised lung cancer biobank established at St. James’s Hospital in 2004.
“Maintaining this vital research resource, the largest in the country and one of the largest in Europe, is made possible through the dedication of the entire lung cancer team and the generosity of our patients over the years who have agreed to give tissue samples to the bio-bank, allowing for a unique research resource. We need to develop this bio-bank further and accelerate our capacity to make the necessary breakthroughs for lung cancer treatment.”
Neven’s Food Festival takes place on Thursday 1st September, doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets costs €20 and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Target Lung Cancer appeal. You can purchase tickets online at www.nevenmaguire.eventbrite.com or contact our office on 01 – 410 4766