Photo: Dr McElstrom, Michael McClure, Yvonne Doherty, Nurse Melarkey and Dr Janusz Krawczyk.

Carndonagh publican, Pioneer and former Donegal hurler and footballer, Mickey McClure, has acknowledged the fundraising efforts of his friends, James Antony McElhinney and Jim Coyle, for Galway University Hospital.

Speaking to Donegal Now, Mickey said: “A couple of years ago, I was under the care of Dr Janusz Krawczyk in Galway University Hospital. I received such phenomenal treatment at that time and, as a result, I now only have to go back down for a checkup every six months.

“I wanted to fundraise for the hospital so James Anthony, Jim and I did their annual St Patrick’s Day Walk from Carn to Malin and raised €7,000 in the process.

“I was delighted to be able to present this money to Dr Krawczyk and Fiona Murray, a Specialist Medical Scientist at Galway University Hospital. They put the donation towards a specialist piece of pioneering equipment and I am absolutely delighted,” said Mickey.

Thanking Mickey McClure for his amazing fundraising, his Consultant Haematologist Dr Janusz Krawczyk said: “On behalf of the Haematology Laboratory and the Flowcytometry Department (including Fiona Murray, Specialist Medical Scientist) in particularly, I once again would like to sincerely thank you and all your fund raisers for the very kind and generous donation received early this year.

“Your donation allowed us to purchase a software package, which has made a huge difference in helping us to identify cells in very small quantities.

“We are able to find abnormal cells to a sensitivity of 0.01%, which would be 1 cell in 100,000 cells. The difference with this software as compared to other software, is that we are able to clean up the sample, so it is almost as if the abnormal or malignant cells can just pop out.

“This software has many more implications, which I am now learning about. We are able to access a database within the software, which allows us to compare our patients to the database and this helps us with patients who are difficult to classify. These databases have been compiled with many other laboratories throughout Europe. It has automated programmes, which we have access to, which helps us to identify minimal disease, which would otherwise be very difficult to identify.

“It is a very sophisticated piece of software and we now have a very good working relationship with the company supplying the software. It is an excellent teaching tool, really helpful in a teaching hospital such as ours.

“We are very grateful that you chose us, to receive this donation, I can assure you that it has been put to very good use. Personally, it is very exciting for me to work with such software,” said Dr Krawczyk.

Mickey also confided that he won his First ever County Medal for Hurling at the age of 50.

He said: “I came out of retirement to help the younger fellas and we won the Intermediate County Hurling Championship, a wee while ago now.”

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