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Cancer campaigner Margaret "made a difference" 20.06.16

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 reality.
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.
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