A €100,000 cheque from Cancer Trials Ireland was presented by nine-time champion jockey Pat Smullen to doctors at St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin for a next generation sequencing (NGS) machine, Horse Racing Ireland announced on Monday. The donation is a direct result of the money raised on Smullen's behalf at last September's Longines Irish Champions Weekend which included the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland at The Curragh.
“I'm delighted the generosity that people showed is having impacts like this, and I look forward to seeing more opportunities for people with pancreatic cancer open up very soon,” said Smullen.
Added Cancer Trials Ireland Clinical Lead Professor Ray McDermott, “The sequencing machine enables users to define the genetic sequence of pancreatic cancer patients in Ireland. The NGS machine will enhance the diagnosis and management of pancreatic cancer in the hospital, and it will also allow the team to participate in more pancreatic research and clinical trials for the benefit of pancreatic cancer patients.”
“Pat's vision has made new pancreatic treatment on trials a reality,” said Cancer Trials Ireland CEO Eibhlin Mulroe. “Patients will benefit from the support he inspired–and continues to inspire. Once again, thank you Pat.”