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Get to Know Us

The Oesophageal Cancer Fund is the national charity for Oesophageal Cancer in Ireland. Bringing the good fight to a bad cancer. The Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) was founded on a challenge from Lucilla Hyland, a young woman diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in 2001 who sadly lost her hard fought battle.

Lucilla envisioned that everyone affected by Oesophageal Cancer receives the earliest and best support and treatment possible. Lucilla wanted there to be better awareness of Oesophageal Cancer – the risks and symptoms – to deliver early diagnosis and successful treatments.

Lucilla Hyland laid down a challenge and we are unwavering in our determination to deliver, so that everyone affected by Oesophageal Cancer gets the earliest and best support and treatment possible. This is the Vision of The Oesophageal Cancer Fund. The Oesophageal Cancer Fund works in partnership with patients, families, clinicians, researchers, and other support and advocacy organisations this is our Mission.

We want to
  • Raise awareness of Oesophageal Cancer in the public mind
  • Reduce the incidence of Oesophageal Cancer focusing on Oesophageal Cancer prevention
  • Food coming back up — either before reaching the stomach (Regurgitation) or after (Vomiting)
  • Ensure holistic support for everyone affected Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer
  • Truly reflect the patient experience of Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer in Ireland • Advance knowledge that will deliver early diagnosis and tailored and successful treatments
To find out more please visit the About Oesophageal Cancer Section of our website

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

This Giving Tuesday will be celebrated on the Tuesday following the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

A day when people everywhere come together to do something to support the causes and communities that mean so much to us all.

We’re asking you to choose to give back to those who have been affected by Oesophageal Cancer this Giving Tuesday by making a donation. You can donate on the day or even choose to join our Oesophageal Cancer Companion Programme by making a monthly donation to support our ongoing investment in leading edge treatment and provide support to those who need it. 

Lollipop Day 2023

Friday February 24th 2023

Creating a greater awareness of Oesophageal Cancer in communities across Ireland

Lollipop Day aims to increase the awareness of the signs and symptoms of Oesophageal Cancer and raise vital funds for research into this difficult cancer.  

This is only possible with the support of all our dedicated volunteers and supporters across the country.

Register your interest in getting involved today by completing the form below or by contacting us on / 086 069 7328 or click on the button below.

There are a great number of ways that you can choose to get involved with The Oesophageal Cancer Fund; volunteering of your time and energy is a way to do this, it genuinely means so much to us.  For example, volunteers are hands down the key reason Lollipop Day – our national fundraising days are consistently successful.

Your help is far-reaching.  By choosing to volunteer your time, however possible for you, you’re joining us in our vision that everyone affected by Oesophageal Cancer gets the earliest and best support and treatment possible..

Though we have a very small core team, a lot of our work in the community is carried out by dedicated volunteers, our own team of true everyday heroes. If you have time and energy to give to this most worthy cause, consider volunteering — your involvement can be scaled up or down with your availability, and the specific role tailored to your own unique talents and areas of interest.


The Impact of Your Support

Sean O'Keeffe's Story

“I had been suffering from pain and discomfort in my chest when I heard OCF patron Pádraig Harrington on the radio talking about his father who had passed away from Oesophageal Cancer.

He mentioned his father’s symptoms and that he used to take medication for acid reflux. That really struck a chord with me. If I hadn’t heard Padraig that day, I might not have done anything for six months, or even a year.

I could have just put off the discomfort as indigestion. I was lucky that my Oesophageal Cancer was detected early.

Oesophageal Cancer Fund
14 Merville Road,
County Dublin A94 H526

Tel: +353 86 069 7328

Registered Charity Number: 20047726 CHY Number: 14542

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