Hope for young cancer sufferer Shan after holiday fell apart in Lowcostholidays travel firm collapse
Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30
The young cancer sufferer whose holiday was cancelled due to the collapse of Lowcostholidays looks set to be going away after all - after a flood of offers came in online from people touched by her story.
Shan Tynan (17), from Carlow, suffers from a very rare form of cancer and had been due to be taken on holiday by her family before the travel agent went bust.
Her family battled to raise funds to bring her to a specialist in Texas, where she has been treated with a gruelling chemotherapy regime, but recently she received the bad news the cancer had spread to the bowel and stomach.
"We were devastated at the news, and my mother and aunt decided to book us a holiday so that Shan could have some time away from hospitals... and just be with her family and friends," Shan's mother Leona said.
"We booked the flights to Santa Ponsa through Ryanair, but the two apartments were booked through Lowcostholidays and now we have been told the bookings have been cancelled since the holiday company collapsed".
The family were devastated by the news.
However, speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Shan's mother, Leona is now optimistic they will get to go away. Shan's story went viral online with many people getting in touch, eager to donate monies.
"One company is going to donate €1,000 and another person has offered to pay €1,300 towards the accommodation," Leona said.
The family expect to find out soon if their holiday will be going ahead.