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Black tie Valentine’s Ball celebrates 25 years of Breast Cancer Research

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 1:01am

The annual black-tie Valentine’s Ball in aid of Breast Cancer Research takes place on Saturday 18 February in the Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill.

The evening will commence with a reception featuring the Regina Rogers dancers and music by the Galway Guinness Jazz Band. Guests will enjoy a five-course meal, as well as an auction and table prizes, followed by music from The Lewd Tunes and DJ Kevin Belton. Every year in Ireland over 2,800 women are diagnosed with and 700 women die from breast cancer, and more than 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute, which aims to increase awareness, improve access to treatment, and conduct international class research into breast cancer.

The institute was founded in Galway in 1992 by Professor HF Given, Anna O’Coinne and Mr Tom Joyce. Since then, the institute, now known as Breast Cancer Research, has supported 194 academic research publications, supported 69 undergraduate medical students, supported 47 postgraduate students, established the Breast Cancer Biobank and Clinical Database, a vital resource for researchers, made huge advances in developing a personalised approach to each patient, and supported the development of the Symptomatic Breast Unit in GUH, where over 100,000 patients have been seen since 2008.

Tickets for the Valentine’s Ball cost €100 per person, and can be purchased in advance through the Breast Cancer Research office on 091-863917.

All proceeds from the night will go towards funding the vital work of Breast Cancer Research, a world-class resource which is based locally in the Lambe Institute, University Hospital, Galway.

Further information on how your contribution helps to support research can also be found at

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