Meet our team

Childhood Cancer Foundation is run by a Board of Directors, who lead the charity on a voluntary basis. 

Mary Claire Rennick

Director / Parent
Mary Claire Rennick

Mary Claire is a lawyer and mother of three children living in Co. Meath. Mary-Claire became involved in Childhood Cancer Ireland after her 10-year-old daughter Alice was diagnosed with Acute Promylocytic Leukaemia in 2013. Alice completed treatment in 2015.

Prior to her own child’s diagnosis, Mary-Claire was unaware of the number of children diagnosed annually with cancer and the harsh realities that this diagnosis brings. She also learnt that childhood cancer supports and services were desperately in need of increased funding and a strong representative voice to advocate for positive change.

Mary Claire believes that Childhood Cancer Ireland, through its awareness campaigns such as Light It Up Gold, advocacy work, co-operation with other organisations and funded projects, can bring about that change and help to ensure a brighter future for children with cancer and their families.

Patricia McColgan

Director / Parent
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Patricia and her husband Jimmy McGrath have two sons, James and Rory, plus grandson Tadhg. Rory was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 and had his treatment in Beaumont, St. Lukes and Crumlin hospitals. After the completion of his treatment, it became clear that there were no follow up supports in place to help survivors enjoy the best possible quality of life and to address the late effects of treatment. With Garry Owens, another parent, Patricia co-founded CanCare4Living to advocate for survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer. She is passionate about the power of collaboration and keeping the voice of those with lived experience central to any discussion about them. 

CanCare4Living merged with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland in August 2022 and Patricia continues that work now under the charity’s new name of Childhood Cancer Ireland. 

Patricia has recently retired as co-owner and director of the Abbey Group – a Deloitte Best Managed company 10 years running. The Abbey Group is Ireland’s largest privately owned incoming tour operation and professional conference organiser.

Linda McEntee

Director / Parent

Linda is an accountant and lecturer, married to Mark and is a mother of three children. Her daughter, Sadie, received a cancer diagnosis in January 2019 and completed treatment in September 202O. Prior to her daughter’s diagnosis, Linda had no experience of cancer, let alone childhood cancer and the devastating impact and trail of destruction it causes, not only to the family unit itself but also to members of the extended family, friends and community.  

Her advocacy work with CanCare4Living coupled with her recent MA in Gender Studies give her both lived experience and practical knowledge of the ethics involved in personal narratives of survivors. She has expertise in gender rights, equality, and human rights activism, and specializes in creating spaces for marginalized voices to be central to the development of programs and policies

Sarah Quigley

Director / Childhood Cancer Survivor

Sarah was diagnosed with cancer at 16 years of age, since then she has dedicated her career to youth and community development. She has over 12 years’ experience of working with marginalized groups, where she implements programs designed to enhance the social, emotional, and educational well-being of all participants. Her background in Fine Art and research, has enabled her to implement creative thinking strategies and methodologies. She utilizes this to develop informed and practical approaches to problem-solving.

Her advocacy work with CanCare4Living coupled with her recent MA in Gender Studies give her both lived experience and practical knowledge of the ethics involved in personal narratives of survivors. She has expertise in gender rights, equality, and human rights activism, and specializes in creating spaces for marginalized voices to be central to the development of programs and policies

Dr Sarah Curry

Director / Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin
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Currently a dedicated consultant paediatric oncologist, with subspecialty expertise in neuro-oncology, practicing at The National Children’s Cancer Service (NCCS); Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin. Sarah prides herself in delivering comprehensive family-based care for patients with a wide range of cancers, in both the acute and ambulatory setting, in addition to providing specialist advice for paediatric teams throughout the Republic of Ireland.

Sarah’s Irish training, in addition to two specialty fellowships at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and UK consultant experience prepared her optimally for this role.

Sarah is a patient focused oncologist adept at managing children and young adults with all types of cancer in the diagnostic, treatment, surveillance, follow up, survivorship and sometimes, palliative phase of care. Although she is passionate about treating all of her patients, treating children with brain and spinal tumours holds a particular motivation. The often-permanent devastating effects of brain tumours and their directed therapies for children mandate meticulous, evidence based, risk stratified treatment selection. Each patient’s management requires fastidious planning; considering core treatment principles, clinical situation, ethical considerations, and family values.

Sarah believes that it is her privilege to be in a position to try to help families navigate through the exceptionally difficult circumstances from receiving a cancer diagnosis onwards. She takes particular satisfaction in getting to know her patients and their families; it is these relationships that make the good days shine and the bad durable. 

Dr Scheryll Alken

Director / Consultant in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin
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