Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association

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My name is Ron cummins. (57) I am a Heart Transplant recipient of seventeen years.
This June the 20th , starting from Salthill Galway, I am attempting to walk the coastline of Ireland (2500km) .
I am doing this to raise donor awareness and funds for the Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association. This walk should take me 93 days so that I finish back in the Circle of Life Garden in Salthill Galway on the 20th of September marking the 18th year of my transplant.   

Starting time for the walk on Saturday the 20th is 11.00 am. from the Circle of life Garden in Salthill in Galway.
People can donate via Ron Cummins and follow my progress on my facebook page. 
We would appreciate if anyone along our route (see below) could help out with a place to stay for Carol and I. If you can, please contact   or phone Carol on  0864061217


Our thanks to Michelle and Padraig Kehoe (Wexford) who organised a Sky Dive in aid of the IHLTA.   The day was a great success and we thank all involved from organisers to sponsors and of course the brave band of sky divers !

Thanks for Ladies mini marathon 2015

Many thanks to the small but enthusiastic group of ladies who did the Mini Marathon in the rain for the IHLTA this year!   A special mention for Brigid Forde - lung transplant recipient - who wasn't put off by the weather and completed the mini marathon with her friend, Catherine.  


Dublin Fire Brigade Cycling Club Charity Cycle Dublin.  
Sunday 14th June

IHLTA visit to Circle of Life Garden, Salthill, Galway.
Saturday 20 th June

20th September 2015 - Walk With Ron
Saturday 20th June

For further information on all of the above phone Paddy O'Mahony on 0874128612.

European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships - Lithuania

Congratulations to the nine Athletes who represented Ireland at the European Heart and Lung Transplant Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Between them they won six Gold Medals, ten Silver Medals and eight Bronze Medals.   A real tribute to their Donors and all Donors.

Frank Galvin - Heart Recipient

Frank Galvin is a 56-year-old recipient of a heart transplant. Married with 5 children, Frank was first diagnosed with a crippling virus in 2010 which was attacking his heart.

Following the insertion of an ICD, Frank’s health improved greatly until October 2014, when it was discovered that he was suffering from heart failure, the only solution to which was a transplant. An inpatient of Blanchardstown Hospital for 10 months, Frank received a heart through the generosity of a donor family in late July 2015.

The procedure itself went exceedingly well, although Frank did suffer a few problems shortly thereafter. While the medicines took some getting used to and, indeed, have their own unique problems and side-effects, Frank now believes he has turned a corner.

As he told us himself, the anniversary of his transplant will be a happy occasion for himself and family, but tinged with sadness for his donor’s family. 

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