Pictured Above: Niamh Briggs. Picture by: Keith Wiseman.
Niamh Briggs, captain of the Irish Ladies Rugby Team, has already this year led one team of ladies in a successful battle, and the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk believes there is no better woman to fly the flag as Ambassador for their walk on June 28 for Action Breast Cancer.
Top-class rugby players like Niamh have similar traits to breast cancer survivors. They are “Bad Ass”! They face their obstacles head-on. They train hard, and hit hard. They get hit and suck it up, ruck, maul, scrum, and line out. They embrace survival mode. They love their bodies and show off their bruises when all is said and done.
Since 2009, The Irish Pink Ribbon Walks in Killaloe, Boyne Valley, Kinsale and Kenmare have raised over €1,000,000 for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society. Action Breast Cancer is Ireland’s leading provider of support and information, offering practical help to breast cancer patients and their families all over the country, including services in the Mid West Region. These services include: the Breast Predict Programme, the National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700, Survivors Supporting Survivors and Care to Drive Programmes, financial support, counselling and night nurse services. Information is provided through publications, and a grant to ARC House and funding of Research Fellowships in the leading Irish universities.
The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk is part of a national movement with a big dream – a world without breast cancer. The plan is to bring a Pink Ribbon Walk to every county in Ireland and to grow their fundraising for Action Breast Cancer. It’s really about getting out and getting fit, because every time someone starts a training programme to get fit for a Pink Ribbon Walk, they’re reducing their risk of developing breast cancer.
And every time they step out in their pink t-shirts, they’re walking to support others, to help themselves, for fun, friendship and remembrance – but most importantly of all, they’re walking towards a cure for breast cancer.
Read more about the Pink Ribbon Walk here.