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

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:31


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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

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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.  


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The Irish Heart and Lung Transplant Association is a very small charity in a large pool of very big charities represented at the Women's mini Marathon.   We are looking for people to walk, jog or run - we don't mind at all - everyone counts!     There is a mini marathon in Dublin and in Cork on the same day so you can choose which ever is nearest you!      Not only is this a very important source of funding for our small charity. Each  person taking part is creating donor awareness by wearing our teeshirt which has a very important message on the back.   


To organise sponsorship cards and tee shirts you can Email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Or phone Brendan Gilligan  0872281159,  Matthew Cummins 0864087144 or Romy Moloney 0862200117 - we would love to hear from you.   

We are registered with and the link is as follows
This makes donation and fund raising so much easier.   You can easily create your own fundraising page and nominate the IHLTA as your chosen charity. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2015 19:21

Ernesto Antonio completes the Dublin Marathon in Memory of his Donor

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Fifteen years on from his heart transplant, Ernesto Antonio ran the Dublin City Marathon in memory of his Donor who gave him the gift of life.     Ernesto is a very keen and very fit sportsman.   He has a large tally of medals to his name from taking part for the Irish Team in the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games over the years.  
Congratulations on a fantastic achievement - All in the IHLTA are all very proud of you Ernesto.  

Read Ernestos story.

Celebrating15 years since receiving his life saving heart transplant, Ernesto Antonio took part in this year’s Dublin City Marathon proudly displaying the very personal sentiment “in memory of my donor”.
Since his transplant at the Mater Hospital Dublin in 1999 Ernesto has undertaken a multitude of huge physical challenges on land and in water across Europe and he has also climbed Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. In 2009 when he participated in the Dublin City Marathon he broke a world time record for a heart transplant recipient. Cheering on his success as he crossed the line at this year's marathon, was his wife Kate and daughter Isabella as well as his sister and brother and nieces from Galway.
Ernesto from Bushy Park, in Galway and now living in Essex explained, "from having barely 15 hours to live I have had 15 amazing years thanks to my donor and their family and I hope it will encourage others to carry a donor card so that more people can also receive the gift of life”.

“Since my transplant fifteen years ago I have done numerous half marathons and triathlons, I did the Ironman 70.3 in my native Galway, I’ve swam the English Channel in a relay, swam across Galway Bay, cycled Lands End to John O’Groats, cycled London to Paris, climbed Kilimanjaro, raced across Scotland in two days and represented Ireland at the European Heart and Lung Transplant Games, and at the Transplant Games in Lithuania this year I won a Silver and 5 Gold medals. My donor's heart has made all of this possible. My aim in undertaking all these challenges is always to create awareness and promote organ donation awareness".

Ernesto now works as a theatre charge nurse in Essex, England which sometimes involves emergency surgery and brings him in contact with transplant coordinators for organ retrieval.  Ernesto recalls having been at death’s door in 1999 and says “I remember desperately hoping for a heart transplant in time for my daughter Isabella’s sixth birthday.  It came a week later. She is now 21 and attending university. It is thanks to my donor that I have seen her grown up". This will not be  Ernesto’s first time to take part in the Dublin Marathon as his first outing was in 2006 (see his account in a link below) and he  broke a world time record for a heart transplant recipient in Dublin in 2009 with a time of 3.45. "I’m a little older now and care less about my finishing time and simply enjoy being able to take part", said Ernesto.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2015 21:17

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