On Saturday the 6th of November, an incredible 500 brave men took to the icy cold waters of Skerries South Beach in nothing but a bow tie to raise vital funds to help diagnose cancer, and in particular, prostate cancer.
Those 500 men have made an invaluable difference to the lives of many across the country and we are beyond delighted to announce that they have collectively raised an astonishing €136,668.29.

Everyone at the Mater Foundation and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital are still in absolute awe of each and every one of these men and their commitment to advancing cancer care in Ireland. We cannot begin to thank them enough.

These funds will make a lifesaving difference for many and will allow for:

– Earlier identification of recurrent prostate cancer.
– Reduced scanning times, a typical scan will now take 10 minutes as opposed to 20 minutes currently.
– Improved access to all forms of cancer trials.
– Increased efficiencies leading to approximately 300 more patients per year accessing advanced F18 PSMA cancer imaging.

Approximately 1 in 7 men in Ireland will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and the funds raised by this event will enable staff at the Mater Public Hospital to identify the cancer in the first instance as well as recurring cases earlier than ever.

A heartfelt thank you also goes out to all of our donors and supporters of the event, including the Dickie Dip Committee, Fingal County Council and the whole community of Skerries who were incredibly accommodating and welcoming.

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