24 November 2014

I Draw Slow at Whelan's, Dublin, in aid of MIRT: 10 Dec. 2014

Thanks to Dave Holden of I Draw Slow (above) for the news that on Wednesday 10 December the band will play a gig in aid of life-saving blood cancer research in Whelan’s of Wexford St., Dublin 2. Tickets (€25) are available online, or call WAV Tickets (Lo-Call 1890 200 078). All proceeds go to MIRT Ireland - the Mater Institute for Research and Therapy in Blood Health Innovation. The band's press release announces:

I Draw Slow invite you to join them for a very special evening to raise funds to support the ground-breaking work of Professor Peter O’Gorman, consultant haematologist at the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Peter is the pioneering Irish doctor who is fighting the system and winning, working to save the lives of Irish blood cancer patients.

Incredibly, Irish cancer patients are dying because life-saving, non-invasive drug treatment is denied to them due to bureaucracy and red tape.

Two new cases of blood cancer are diagnosed every day in Ireland. In the past, Irish patients had to battle the system as well as the illness. Professor O’Gorman and his team looked beyond the Irish health system for answers and worked out a collaboration whereby Irish patients could participate in international drug trials at home in Ireland.

This proactive approach to patient care has doubled the survival rate of his patients in the last seven years. By reaching out to their fellow clinicians in the US, the MIRT team bring hope and health to Irish patients with cancer of the blood. So far 170 patients have participated in thirty-two blood cancer trials. These patients now have a fighting chance of beating the blood cancers - multiple myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma.

This vital programme receives no state funding. This is a cause very close to the heart of I Draw Slow. ‘Irish people are dying because of our slow drug-licensing system. Life-saving drugs available in the US are not getting to us in time to save lives.’ Please join us on 10 December to help support this life-saving work for Irish blood cancer patients.

For more information regarding this show/images/interview requests, please contact Dave (e-mail or 'phone 086 325 7947).

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