204km walk raises €16,000 for University Hospital Galway

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Galway Daily news 204km walk raises €16,000 for University Hospital Galway
From left: Dr Amjad Hayat, Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Lead for the Blood and Tissue Establishment (BTE) at UHG; Margaret Tarpey, Chief Medical Scientist, BTE; Robbie O’Leary who walked over 200km as a fundraiser for UHG and CUH; and his son, Andrew O’Leary.

University Hospital Galway recently received a €16,000 donation from a grateful patient who walked more than 200km to raise funds.

Robbie O’Leary from Kinsale received complex stem cell treatment in UHG in 2016, along with treatment at UH Cork.

His treatment involved the harvesting, processing and reinfusion of stem cells by the Blood and Tissue Establishment (BTE) Stem Cell Department in Galway.

Last summer, during the sweltering month of July, Robbie walked the 204km distance between the two hospitals to raise funds for them.

In total, his efforts raised in excess of €32,000, which he split between the two hospitals which cared for him.

Pictured above is Robbie with his son Andrew handing over their cheque to Dr Amjad Hayat, Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Lead for the Blood and Tissue Establishment (BTE) at UHG, and Margaret Tarpey, Chief Medical Scientist for the BTE.