Wednesday, February 06, 2019

SOUTH Kildare Photography Club (SKPC) has raised over €3,500 in aid of medical treatment for one of its members, Suzanne Behan, who is planning on travelling to Boston for specialist advice.

Members from SKPC and a range of other clubs – including Malahide, Celbridge, Portlaoise and more – attended the fundraising event on Sunday 13 January last in Ryston, which featured photography presentations from renowned photographer John Hooton (based in Mallow but works almost exclusively in west Kerry) and award-winning nature photographer Michael Linehan from Naas and was emceed by Noel Buckley.

“There were some incredible shots, really top-quality standard,” said John Healy from SKPC, coordinator for the fundraising event, who described Ms Behan as a talented photographer.

A number of prizes were on offer at the fundraiser, including a much sought-after award of a weekend away in Kerry under the tutelage of John Hooton, and Mr Healy thanked the local suppliers who assisted with the hampers which were up for grabs on the day.

“Our raffle was extremely successful as when people were unable to attend they bought raffle tickets instead, and that certainly helped us to achieve our target,” he noted.

“We’re wishing her every success going forward and on her recuperation.”

First diagnosed with high-grade stromal sarcoma in 2014, Suzanne – originally from Dublin and now living in Ballitore – had surgery to remove tumours from her liver in December 2018, from which she is currently recuperating. She is planning on travelling to a leading sarcoma hospital in Boston in the United States in the coming weeks, which specialises in sarcoma and particularly the type of cancer that Ms Behan has.

“I’m not going for a miracle cure, but I’m going to just talk to people who know about what I’m dealing with,” she said.

Financial support will be required to make the journey and investigate her condition in greater detail, and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up with a target of €20,000 – search for Suzanne’s Sarcoma Treatment Fund.

Ms Behan highlighted her thanks to her family, friends and fellow photographers, describing the response she has experienced as “amazing”.

“Everybody has been fantastic,” she said.

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By Conor Forrest
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