Global Hero of Hope

The Global Relay For Life Heroes of Hope survivorship initiative involves the selection of Heroes of Hope from Global Relay For Life participating countries. The initiative has three primary goals:

Give each country an opportunity to recognise one or more cancer survivors who have impacted their community.

Give one or more cancer survivors the opportunity to serve as a voice for their country’s cancer organisation.

To encourage other cancer survivors to actively share their own cancer story and give hope to others.

The Global Heroes of hope are cancer survivors who represent courageous voices of hope. In telling their stories, they will encourage others to support their cancer organisation and to get involved in Relay For Life events. As ambassadors of their countries’ cancer organisations, these Heroes of Hope will inspire other survivors and expand the whole world of cancer survivorship. One World – One Hope!

Yvonne Keane from Wexford has been named as one of three Irish

‘Global Heroes of Hope’ for 2019.


Heroes of Hope are cancer survivors who inspire hope, courage and

determination in the fight against cancer. Yvonne joins ‘Heroes’ from countries including South Africa, America and Japan who have been recognised by the American Cancer Society.

A highly visible symbol of a personal victory over cancer, the Global Relay For Life Heroes of Hope and their stories encourage support of and participation in

Relay For Life in each participating global cancer organisation.


More than simply inspiring us, cancer survivors like Yvonne reaffirm the mission of the Irish Cancer Society and reinforce, in a personal way, the need for all of us to continue to fight back against cancer.

Yvonne was put forward by the Irish Cancer Society, along with survivors Luciana Souza from Kilkenny and Bernie Gallagher from Donegal, after being nominated by the Relay For Life Wexford committee.

As Global Hero of Hope, Yvonne will join Luciana and Bernie as ambassadors for the Irish Cancer Society and the Relay For Life programme, encouraging people to join in the Fight Back against cancer in Wexford.