Brave little 'Batman Ben' meets actor Jonathan Rhys Myers on set
Published 05/07/2016 | 16:13
BEN “Batman” Farrell joined Jonathan Rhys Myers on the set of the Vikings this morning to help fundraise money for his life-saving cancer treatment.
Ben was diagnosed with a rare form of Wilms tumour on Christmas Eve 2015 and is fundraising for a life-saving cancer trial in Washington at an estimated €260,000.
Talking from the set of the Vikings at Lough Tay, County Wicklow, Johnathan Rhys Myers urged his fans to help little Ben.
“My friend Ben, he’s not very well. He’s an excellent boy, he’s a little superhero so please give what you can, time, energy, tell other people about it and make sure that we get it done. It’s very simple, let’s get it done for Batman Ben,” said Johnathon.
Ben’s uncle Trevor Croly said that Ben “had a ball” on set.
“Ben wasn’t a big fan of the Vikings until the visit, but he is now. He and his brother Jack (2) now want to be Vikings.
“We're all big fans, particularly of Jonathan Rhys Meyers now. We all knew he was a great actor. Today we seen he's a great guy as well.
“Ben had a ball. The picture says it all.”
Ben underwent 19 rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and doctors in Ireland don’t know what else to do.
“After 19 rounds of chemotherapy our consultant looked at us and said he didn’t think he could cure Ben,” said Ben’s mum Valerie.
“Going over to the US, I knew the costs were going to be through the roof but we know what we need to do.
“Faced with many uncertainties one thing is clear to us. We must fight. We must give Ben every chance no matter how far or what the cost. We know treatment in America runs into hundreds of thousands and we need help to give us more options,” said Valerie.
You can donate money to help Ben’s treatment in the US at https://www.gofundme.com/batmanben