Not too long after the passing of Mark Prendergast who lost his battle with testicular cancer in 2012, family and friends of Mark merged together to organise a charity climb to the top of Carrauntoohill in Mark’s memory while at the same time trying to raise some much needed funds for The Mercy Hospital Foundation where Mark had been in & out receiving treatment through his 5 year battle with cancer.
A group of nearly 70 people climbed Carrauntoohill on that wet & windy day in July 2012 and together raised an astonishing €13,600 for The Mercy Hospital Foundation. It was then realised what amazing things can be achieved when people come together.
In 2013 a small group came together to resurrect a very popular charity walk from the Viaduct to Bandon under the new name “Make Your Mark on Cancer Charity Walk”. It soon came to light that this was now an opportunity for people to make a real difference and Honour the Taken, Admire the Survivors and Support the Fighters of cancer.