When You Know It’s There …

There’s a support centre in Waterford City for people impacted by cancer. It’s called The Solas Centre, and they have an annual fundraising Run/Walk for Life every October.

My first foray in the event was in 2009 a few months after my mother died and I walked the 13 miles slowly but got there in the end and felt extremely emotional at the finish, as my father was at home bursting to know how it had gone. He had always been my walking mentor as a kid.

Anyway, this year it is virtual and spread over the weekend. I am bet from walking but picked some of my very favourite places to take on the challenge.

Cancer came knocking on our family door a few years back and really put the frighteners on us. I must have thought of phoning or dropping in to The Solas Centre a thousand times but never did. Just knowing I could meant the world.

Knowing there is a listening ear, empathy, advice, support is so, so important and knowing that it is just a heartbeat away is wonderful, no matter how bad a situation is.

The virtual event is great because I am meeting fellow participants decked out in our orange T-shirts in the most unlikely places.

Today, it’s about waiting for the tide to ebb so I can do my last lap for one of Waterford’s greatest treasures.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

9 thoughts on “When You Know It’s There …”

  1. I hope the Centre can help many who have faced or have had loved ones face cancer. It has reared it’s ugly head too many times among our family and friends.
    We can only hope that eventually it will be just a memory…something that can be dealt with in all it’s forms. ❤️

  2. They say there is strength in numbers and it’s true..To know that you’re not alone is comfort and the fight to survive is strong…Go for the Goal/Gold….

  3. Although I’ve been personally very fortunate I know how it is to feel bereft and abandoned. Solas and countless other organisations, mainly run by volunteers, do priceless work in just providing an ear to listen and a shoulder to lean on.

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