Childhood Cancer Foundation is run by a Board of Directors, who lead the charity on a voluntary basis. We currently have five Directors.
Mary Claire Rennick,
Director / Parent
Mary Claire is a lawyer and mother of three children living in Co. Meath. Mary-Claire became involved in Childhood Cancer Foundation 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 Foundation 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.
Director / Parent
Laura, a Financial Consultant, lives in Co. Roscommon, with her husband and three children. In 2014 her middle child Isobel (then 21 months) was treated for a Wilms Tumour in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Isobel had chemotherapy and surgery to remove her left kidney. 12 months post treatment, a routine chest x-ray found a new lesion on her lung and she commenced a seven month treatment protocol followed by surgery to remove part of her lung. Isobel is now thankfully cancer free.
Laura became involved with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland in 2014 and feels passionate about the work of the charity. She believes Isobel was very fortunate to have had the benefit of early diagnosis and that it is vital that every child receives the same chance to fight this dreadful disease.
Increased public awareness of childhood cancer will ultimately lead to more funding and research, early diagnosis, improved survival rates and less side effects from harsh treatment protocols.
Since 2014 Laura has been involved in running several fundraising initiatives to help fund supports and services for children and families affected by Childhood Cancer in Ireland.
Claire Lanigan has over 25 years of experience in financial services. She has previously held senior appointments in the Central Bank of Ireland in prudential supervision, including Head of Division for Investment Banks and Broker Dealers, Head of Division for Asset Management firms and Head of Function for Retail Banks supervision.
She has extensive experience in credit risk, including eight years in Allied Irish Bank, six years of which was spent in the AIB New York Corporate Banking department followed by four years as Head of Credit at Dolmen Securities, managing a €1b Synthetic CDO. In addition, Claire also successfully managed the Behaviour and Culture Review of the Irish Retail Banks in 2018 on behalf of the Central bank of Ireland.
She is a graduate of Business Studies from Dublin City University she also holds an MBA degree from Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin.
She currently holds the role of Chief Risk Officer in Wells Fargo Bank International and is undertaking the Chartered Director Programme in the Institute of Directors, Ireland.
Director / Parent
Alan is from Dublin and is married with three children. He was thrown into the world of childhood cancer when his middle child was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma three weeks after her 4th birthday.
As part of a European-wide clinical trial her treatment involved major surgery, high dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
Alan, a biotechnologist and engineer, works as a Senior Engineering Manager in Biopharmaceuticals.
Throughout his daughter’s journey Alan became aware of the challenges with access to innovative therapies for children in Ireland, particularly in the case of relapse and resistant disease. He witnessed first-hand the dramatic and lifelong impacts that current treatments have on children fighting cancer.
On completion of his daughter’s treatment, Alan joined Childhood Cancer Foundation before becoming a Director in June 2019. He will continue to advocate on behalf of children in Ireland for improved access to innovative and less toxic therapies and contribute to the development of strategies for improved care and outcomes.
Fionnuala has a background in communications and fundraising in the not-for-profit sector, having worked for the National Council for the Blind for over 12 years, before taking time out to spend time with her young family.
She joined the Board of Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland in 2019, bringing her experience of communications, fundraising and advocacy campaigns to the charity.
Fionnuala he lives in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, and is an active member of Maynooth Community First Responders.