Conference I organised in April 2024, pictured left to right. My Sister Michelle Gill, Jay Shepherd Pituitary Foundation Uk, my Wife Breege Brady, And far right Bob Brady 

Robert’s nominator said:

“Bob has been volunteering with the Pituitary Foundation Ireland Support Group as area coordinator for almost 10 years now.
While he also works full time & supports his family, he also manages to support newly diagnosed patients via phone call, email and via social media platforms.
Bob shares excellent & beneficial information on social media platforms to help patients and raise awareness.
Bob connects patients and collaborates with medical professionals.”

This is what Robert told us:

Pictured Myself ( Bob ) Endocrinologist Prof Mark Sherlock & CEO Pituitary Foundation Uk Ren Renwick 
 
  • What’s my Story? 

I am Bob Brady, I am from Ireland, I am married to my wife Breege and we have an 8-year-old Boy named Cormac. 

I was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma tumour on my Pituitary Gland at the age of 11 in 1991, had tumour & my pituitary gland removed in May 1992, as a result I have a rare pituitary condition called panhypopituitarism. I have to take hormone replacement therapy daily, and see a variety of medical professionals. 

  • Why did I become a Volunteer with the Pituitary Foundation? 

In my twenties and early thirties, I had searched for support groups In Ireland, but couldn’t find any information online. After finding the Pituitary Foundation UK Website and attending an event, I felt encouraged and wanted to offer support to people living with Pituitary Gland conditions in Ireland, I wanted to create an online community to raise awareness, where people could connect, and share stories.

Attending a Gala evening January 2034 for people nominated for Volunteer Awards in 2023.
  • How long have you been a Volunteer?

I became a Volunteer area coordinator for the Ireland support Group in January 2015.

  • Why I got involved 

After attending events held by the Ireland Support Group coordinator, I was asked if I would take over the position in 2014.

As previously stated I wanted to offer support and information to people living with pituitary gland conditions in Ireland, I wanted to also raise awareness amongst medical professionals, create an independent website and social media presence, 

I have been a volunteer for over 9 years with the Pituitary Foundation, as of January 2023, I am also a director with the World Alliance of Pituitary Organizations (WAPO)

During the 9-year period as coordinator I have held Annual Conferences for patients and medical professionals, I have been nominated for volunteer awards and won prestige awards for Healthcare non-profit of the Year 2021-2023.

Prestige awards received while volunteer coordinator with Ireland Support Group
  • What would I like to see happen in the Pituitary Foundation for the next 30 years? 

In the past number of years the Pituitary Foundation has had a number of significant changes, new Team members, a brand Refresh, new Website, New Resources and support groups, Including new telephones support services.

I would like to see greater awareness amongst Gp’s and Medical professionals to reduce the diagnosis journey for people living with the rare conditions of the Pituitary Gland. I have no doubt the Pituitary Foundation will continue the amazing support and resources offered well in to the future.