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“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.”




Evening Herald, Wednesday 16th April 2014

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Evening Herald, Tuesday 25th March 2014

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