Cancer patient Harry completes charity walk

A Lifford man who was diagnosed with cancer last year has completed a 5km sponsored walk to raise money for the cancer care accommodation he stayed in while receiving his treatment.

A Lifford man who was diagnosed with cancer last year has completed a 5km sponsored walk to raise money for the cancer care accommodation he stayed in while receiving his treatment.

Harry Porter from Glencash received his treatment at University Hospital Galway on a weekly basis, travelling by bus from home through the worst weather of last winter to receive radiotherapy.

Harry stayed at Inis Aoibhinn accomodation on the grounds of University Hospital Galway which is run by Cancer Care West and provides accommodation to patients undergoing Radiotherapy treatment. Donegal patients have made up 12 per cent of the number of people who have stayed there in the last three years.

He was diagnosed with prostrate cancer last June and began his treatment in November. “I was very lucky that I went for a MOT and they got me and touch wood everything is back to normal.”

Harry said his treatment only lasted ten minutes a day and he wanted to raise money for Inis Aoibhinn because of the standard of care he received there. “I stayed there and got my meals and did not have to pay for anything. I can never thank them for what they did for me and for everybody else. When I went down I did not know what I was going down to. When I went down the people made me so welcome I just felt at home.”

He has already brought the centre E2,000 that he received from family, friends and his local community.

“I got E500 form a night in the Rossgier Inn and people have been very good, very generous.”