“Trust for Caroline Fagan-Heyenga re-distributes funds in a bid to save future lives from cancer”

Press Release: August 30th 2018


The Caring for Caroline Medical Trust is proud to announce the redirection of funds raised to date across 10 leading Irish cancer charities and research groups, identified for blazing trails in their field of cancer research and care.
Established in 2014, the trust was set up to help fund Caroline’s access to new drug trials around the world. Caroline battled a rare form of Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma from age nine, the youngest case in Europe when diagnosed in 1991. Sadly, she passed away on the 4th September 2014 aged 32 before the funds could be used.


The trust has already successfully secured access for Irish and EU cancer sufferers to a new trial drug which was unavailable in Europe and Ireland before 2014.

100% of the funds raised will go towards various research and support programmes including;

  • Clinical trials and cancer research programs in Caroline’s name
  • Assisting with new equipment and facilities within Radiation Oncology
  • Education, psychological support and palliative care
  • Supporting adults and children affected by cancer


  • The Caroline Foundation
  • Cancer Trials Ireland
  • Breakthrough Cancer Research
  • St. Francis Hospice
  • Gary Kelly Centre
  • LauraLynn Childrens’ Hospice
  • Barretstown
  • Make-A-Wish Ireland
  • The Friends of St Luke’s
  • Marie Keating Foundation

Richard Fagan, Chairman of Caring for Caroline Medical Trust, said:

“Caroline would have wanted as much good as possible to be paid forward, and to this end we are proud to now distribute the remaining trust funds to other worthy causes. We have invested a lot of time in ensuring recipients are aligned to what we believe is the most progressive and impactful work to save lives from cancer in the future. We sincerely thank family, friends and the local community for their trojan support and work in creating the trust, and raising significant sums of money.”



Charities and Trusts that the Caring For Caroline Medical Trust have been proud to donate to:



Caring For Caroline Laura Lynn

LauraLynn Childrens’ Hospice

LauraLynn is Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice, and cares for children with life-limiting conditions.
Read more about their incredible work at LauraLynn.ie



Caring For Caroline Baarretstown


Barretstown offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness – supported behind the scenes by 24 hour on site medical and nursing care.

Read more about their incredible work at Barretstown.org



Caring For Caroline Make A Wish

Make A Wish Ireland

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim – grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Read more about their incredible work at Make A Wish.ie



Caring For Caroline Cancer Trials Ireland

Cancer Trials Ireland

One of the leading cancer research trials organisations in Ireland, working with Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncologists, as well as Haematologists and Research Specialists (Oncology Research Nurses, Translational Scientists, Data Managers, Pharmacists and staff). 98% of all cancer treating specialists in Ireland are members of Cancer Trials Ireland.

Read more about their incredible work at Cancer Trials.ie



Caring for Caroline Friends of St. Luke

The Friends of St. Luke

Ensuring that the St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centres continue to be well-equipped, warm, friendly and comfortable facilities for patients undergoing treatment. The Friends of St. Luke’s is a vital source of support in the development of the St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network.
The St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network comprises three cancer treatment centres in Dublin:
  • St. Luke’s Hospital Rathgar (including Oakland Lodge)
  • St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre at St James’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre at Beaumont Hospital

Read more about their incredible work at Friends of St. Lukes.ie


Caring For Caroline St. Francis' Hospice

St. Francis Hospice Dublin

St. Francis’ Hospice is a voluntary organisation, providing a specialist palliative care service for the people of North Dublin City and county.

Read more about their incredible work at SFH.ie



Caring For Caroline - The Caroline Foundation

The Caroline Foundation

The Caroline Foundation raises money to fund additional post-doctoral scientific researcher(s) on the Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT) team. Patients who today are participants on the CCRT research programme may benefit from the on-going development of better treatments. Their aim is also to support the global cancer research project (of which CCRT is an integral player) in finding a cure and also finding a way of preventing cancer.

Read more about their incredible work at The Caroline Foundation.com



Caring For Caroline Breakthrough Cancer Research

Breakthrough Cancer Research

Breakthrough Cancer Research is an Irish medical research charity working to increase the number of people who can survive cancer, and to positively impact their quality of life, by investing in world-class research in Ireland. They are particularly focused on improving outcomes for those cancers which are poorly served by current treatment options.

Read more about their incredible work at Breakthrough Cancer Research.ie



Caring For Caroline - Gary Kelly Centre

Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre

The Gary Kelly Cancer a support centre for people living with cancer, their families and those who care for them. The centre offers holistic and complementary therapies, education and psychological support which is nowadays regarded as part of standard support for people with cancer. All therapies and supports are free of charge. The mission of the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre is to preserve the dignity and privacy of the person at all times.

Read more about their incredible work at GK Cancer Support.com



Caring For Caroline Marie Keating Foundation

Marie Keating Foundation

The Marie Keating Foundation promotes cancer awareness and provides information on all common cancers. It also provides Comfort Fund Grants to support families who have received a cancer diagnosis, to help with medical and household bills for those too sick to work.
The Foundation’s mission is to make cancer less frightening by enlightening and it’s aim is to achieve a world free from the fear of cancer.
The Foundation receives very little government funding and all of their services are provided free of charge.

Read more about their incredible work at Marie Keating.ie