Marathon fundraiser for CUH stroke unit

Marathon fundraiser for CUH stroke unit
Five-times Olympian and World Champion race-walker, Rob Heffernan, launches the CUH "Run for your Life in the Cork City Marathon" in suport of the CUH Stroke Unit.Pic: Brian Lougheed

CORK University Hospital is hoping to raise funds for a new 25-bed stroke unit at this year’s Cork City Marathon.

One in four people suffer a stroke during their lifetime and it is the second biggest killer in Ireland and the leading cause of acquired adult disability.

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has the busiest inpatient stroke service in Ireland with over 500 confirmed stroke patients each year.

CUH is one of only two hospitals in Ireland, along with Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, that can perform Thrombectomy — a procedure to rapidly remove the clot in the brain that is causing the stroke.

This procedure can dramatically reduce the severity of the stroke, and resolve it completely in many instances.

The CUH Charity team hope to help the hospital open a new 25 bed stroke unit which will incorporate a hyper-acute section to care for patients undergoing Thrombectomy and a new therapy suite to ensure the best possible ongoing rehabilitation for stroke patients.

They are urging people to join them at the Cork City Marathon on Sunday, June 2.

“CUH is the Stroke Thrombectomy centre for the Munster region and will evolve through this project to a 24/7 service,” said Dr Liam Healy, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead for Stroke at CUH.

“The aim is to develop a regional stroke network in Munster, with CUH at Its hub, to enable us to deliver world class stroke care to the people of Munster,” he added.

For more information and to get your sponsorship pack & CUH Charity T-Shirt please email: or call 021 423 4529.

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