Christine Murphy Whyte
It is with the deepest sadness that I write of the passing of Christine Murphy Whyte, chairperson of Europa Donna Ireland, the Irish Breast Cancer Campaign.
Christine was a tireless campaigner for evidence-based, best practice health policy changes to ensure access for all women to specialist breast centres in Ireland. She brought her past experience working in the disability sector to her role as EDI chairperson, and we will miss her intelligence, dynamism and energy in guiding and leading us as a committee. We will also miss her as a friend and will never forget her indomitable spirit. Illness didn’t halt Christine from working as hard as ever, and indeed she was busy making plans for our upcoming Breast Health Day in October right up to last week.
I have just been reading an e-mail from Susan Knox, Executive Director of Europa Donna, who paid a touching tribute to Christine. “She was a committed, dedicated advocate who fought the disease with grace and fortitude until the very end. She has provided us with an example of what an advocate should and can be….I would like to ask all of you wherever you are in the world right now to take a moment to think of Christine, her life and her work, and the ED goals to which she dedicated herself. These are our goals and we must now carry them forward and work even harder to achieve them to bring an end to this devestating illness.”
My thoughts are with Christine’s husband Michael, her sons and the rest of her family and many friends at this sad time. Christine was well-known among the cancer community here in Ireland and for those who may wish to pay their respects, details of Christine’s funeral arrangements may be found here.
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