Cancer campaigner Margaret "made a
THE members of
Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest CCC(NW) have
paid a warm tribute following the death of their
"colleague and dear friend" Margaret Callaghan.
Margaret, the most senior member of the group, died
peacefully at her home in Carrygault, Ramelton, on
June 4 aged 87 years.
The Donegal woman campaigned fearlessly for the
retention and development of cancer services in
Letterkenny University Hospital and for the
provision of radiotherapy services in the North West
for 11 years.
"Having achieved the retention of sympathetic breast
services and the appointment of a permanent
consultant breast surgeon at Letterkenny, one of
CCC(NW)'s top priorities was to lobby on both sides
of the border to ensure that the possibility of a
radiotherapy unit in the North West region became a
Margaret Callaghan, fourth from
right, pictured alongside her CCC(NW) colleagues at
the unveiling of plans for the new Radiotherapy Unit
at Altnagelvin Hospital.
"A very happy and proud
moment for (Margaret) and her colleagues who
accompanied her was when she represented CCC(NW) and
helped turn the sod in Altnagelvin for the cross
border North West Radiotherapy Unit on July 9, 2014.
Unfortunately, Margaret did not live to see the
opening of the unit that is due to become
operational in late autumn of this year, but she
made sure she inspected its progress when she
travelled, shortly before her death, with her son to
Altnagelvin to see it in its construction stage."
A former member of Donegal Action for Cancer,
Margaret helped establish Co-operating for Cancer
Care North West in March 2007.
CCC(NW) added: "Margaret Callaghan made a
difference. She was a truly strong, kind, determined
woman who worked to ensure that cancer patients
treatment and lives were improved." They offered
sincere condolences to their late colleague's
daughter Elizabeth Gibbons, her sons and daughters
and wider family circle.