Tuesday 27 September 2016

'We are completely overwhelmed' - Target reached for fundraising wife of brain tumour sufferer

David Young

Published 13/08/2016 | 19:06

Kevin Carey in hospital
Kevin Carey in hospital

A wife who launched an online appeal to raise funds for pioneering treatment to fight her husband's brain tumour has reached the €237,000 target in less than four days.

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Natasha Carey issued a heartfelt plea for help on Tuesday to give her husband Kevin a fighting chance of beating cancer through costly immunotherapy.

Kevin with wife Natasha on their wedding day
Kevin with wife Natasha on their wedding day

The response was remarkable and by early Saturday the total had been reached, with donations continuing to flood in.

Mr Carey, 35, was given just three months to live in July after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy failed to halt the growth of the aggressive tumour.

After last month's bleak prognosis, the engineer from the village of Portglenone, Co Antrim underwent further specialist neurosurgery in London.

The operation removed the bulk of the tumour, but a malignant rump remains and he has been told the only real option left is a cutting-edge immunotherapy procedure.

Kevin shows the large scar from his operation
Kevin shows the large scar from his operation

The treatment is only available privately in London and will cost the couple £205,000 (€237,000).

Mrs Carey said she was amazed at the public's reaction.

"We are completely overwhelmed, and cannot believe £205,000 has been raised in three days," she said.

"This is so heart warming. It goes to show the true heart, soul, compassion, and kindness of people.

"We are beyond grateful. The support, love, generosity and encouragement Kevin and I have received is indescribable.

"Thank you all for believing in Kevin, and standing with him to fight this. Kevin has a tough fight ahead of him, and has to face the immunotherapy treatment, but now, he is not alone, he has the strength of so many wonderful people carrying him on in his fight."

Kevin Carey
Kevin Carey

Mrs Carey said any additional money raised would be donated to brain tumour research.

For more information about the fundraising effort visit gofundme.com/KevinCarey

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