Leading Doctor hits the right notes for Friends of the Cancer Centre

17/06/2015

One of Northern Ireland’s leading oncologists is swapping his stethoscope for a guitar, all to raise funds for local cancer charity Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Professor Joe O’Sullivan, is launching an album 'Take a Deep Breath', recorded with health service manager Sarah Williamson and Dr Rossa Brazil, a psychiatrist.

The album costs £10 which will be available to buy from Wednesday 17th June from Friends of the Cancer Centre and online at www.friendsofthecancercentre.com or purchase on iTunes now - the proceeds from the album will be donated to Friends of the Cancer Centre. The album artwork has a connection to Joe's work as it features a painting by one of his former patients, local artist Graham Catney.

“I’ve always loved music and I first started playing guitar at University," said Joe. 'Recently I started writing, and that’s really how the album started. Most songwriters say you should write about what you know and what you care about, so for me that meant my work and my patients.’

The title track, ‘Take a Deep Breath’ was inspired by an encounter with a married couple a few years ago. The man was in distress toward the end of his life and his wife, as words of comfort, told him to take a deep breath. I’ve reflected on that moment, as well as the other, and believe that love can be a hugely healing force in a patient’s journey.”

The proceeds from the album will go to Friends of the Cancer Centre, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary internetTakeaDeepBreathalbumcover.jpgthis year. The charity funds life-saving and life-changing projects in the areas of clinical care, patient comfort and care, and research. In the last year alone it has invested £1.8 million into the Cancer Centre through projects which make a real and meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of patients locally.

Pictured: Professor Joe O'Sullivan and Colleen Shaw, CEO of Friends of the Cancer Centre.