Gerry Collins died on March 2, 2014. He left a legacy of achievement in many areas of his life – most recently in the area of increasing awareness about cancer in Ireland. Gerry was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2008. Following his recovery from this disease, he gave freely of his time and expertise to support the foundation of Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Ireland. He took part in the first Mouth Cancer Awareness Day in 2010 and also in 2011. He worked on the development of a brochure entitled Mouth, Head and Neck Cancer with the Dental Health Foundation, Irish Cancer Society and the University Dental Schools in Cork and Dublin.
He was involved with the Molar Rollers, a Dublin Dental University Hospital cycling group, who raised funds for mouth cancer by cycling to London in 2011.
In 2013, Gerry was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He did not let this defeat him or reduce his commitment to life in any way. During the last months of his life, he worked to make anti-smoking advertisements with the HSE smoking cessation service – Quit.ie. These have been broadcast on the National Media.
Gerry was a true hero and his good work will live on.
Mouth Cancer Awareness Ireland