Ill farmer whose 13-year-old son had to take over running of the farm overwhelmed after €68k raised for MS treatment
A father-of-five who is fighting multiple sclerosis has raised more than €68,000 to fund treatment in Mexico.
John McNaughton, who was diagnosed in 2011, hopes that the intervention will give him precious years to watch his children grow up.
After failed therapy attempts here in the UK, the 43-year-old from Glenariff in the Glens of Antrim, came across positive onlinew reviews of a private treatment in Mexico.
But he had to raise the cash before his condition got so bad that doctors would not offer him the treatment.
Initially booking to travel in mid-September, John and wife Patricia raised a massive £34,000 from fundraisers held in his local hurling club and from various donations, but needed the remaining balance by July.
This prompted John to start a crowdfunding page in April, which helped him to meet the balance after an amazing response from supporters.
John said: "The community response has been overwhelming, I thought it would be hard raising the money in three or four months, but achieving it in four or five weeks is unbelievable."
Following this success, John has been able to move the date of his treatment forward, and will be leaving for America on June 19.