Learn How #RunWithRed Benefits Breakthrough Cancer Research

Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) is an Irish medical research charity focused on cancer.  We work to significantly impact the number of people who can survive this disease.  We invest in world-class research in Ireland to impact the quality of life for cancer patients and save lives.  We are particularly focused on improving outcomes for those cancers, which are poorly served by current treatment options.


Breakthrough was launched in 2011, to inspire and enable financial support from the community for exceptional research leading to more effective treatments for patients in Ireland and beyond.  To date Breakthrough has invested over €4 million in cancer research, funding the efficient and effective development of new treatments for cancer.  Breakthrough funds cancer research that responds to current clinical challenges and offers a clear and demonstrable path to positive clinical outcomes.  Research programmes funded by Breakthrough must focus on translating lab discoveries into new treatment opportunities.  To this end we work closely with clinicians in practice all over Ireland so that our research is targeted at finding new options for poor prognosis and currently incurable cancers. 

Monies raised through Breakthrough fundraising activities are used to support focused research programmes, directly fund scientists and purchase laboratory consumables.  Investment is intended to also enhance facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and ensure that all cancer patients throughout Ireland have the opportunity to access the most up to date and effective treatment for their disease.  Consultant physicians and surgeons collaborate with us across Ireland and do so at no cost to our charity; giving their time to our research voluntarily with the aim of improving the care and treatment of Irish patients.