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Monday 22 September 2014

Superhero Gavin Glynn flies to US for life-saving care

Laura Larkin

Published 24/06/2014 | 07:51

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Gavin Glynn
Gavin Glynn with his parents
Gavin Glynn with his parents

BRAVE four-year-old Superman-fan Gavin Glynn has flown out to America for medical treatment that it's hoped will save his life.

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The young boy was first diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was just 17 months old and his parents, Jayne and John Glynn, have been searching worldwide for a cure ever since.

The courageous Greystones boy was excited at the prospect of flying in a "jumbo-jet" across the Atlantic.

HUMMER

He travelled to Dublin Airport in a stretch Hummer, a surprise organised by the charity Aoibheann's Pink Tie.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "We are delighted to help superhero Gavin Glynn and his parents John and Jayne. Our charity have been a support to little Gavin for the last two years and we are delighted that he has the chance to undergo experimental treatment in the US in a bid to save the four-year-old's life."

His parents launched a heartfelt campaign to raise €350,000 to cover the cost of the treatment their son will undergo in Texas when they learned that Irish doctors could no longer help him.

Before taking off, his parents were thrilled to learn that the text campaign in their boy's name has raised almost €300,000 so far.

Gavin and his parents will spend between seven and eight weeks in Texas.

The life-saving treatment is a combination of open surgery on his tumours and heated chemotherapy. It is only available for children at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in the southern US state.

Gavin received widespread public assistance for his campaign, with celebrities like Kodaline pledging their support 
and encouraging people to donate.

Bray singing star Hozier even auctioned of his first guitar to raise funds for Gavin's treatments.

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Irish Independent

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