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Monday 22 September 2014

My Boy Gavin fund hits €350k in just one week

Fiona Gribben

Published 26/06/2014 | 09:06

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Super Hero Gavin Glynn and his dad John as they arrived in Dublin airport .
Gavin Glynn
Gavin Glynn with his parents
Gavin Glynn with his parents

The parents of brave four-year-old Gavin Glynn were thrilled to announce that a further €50,000 had been raised through their 'My Boy' Campaign to fund life-saving cancer treatment for their son.

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Over €300,000 had already been donated by the time they jetted off to America where Gavin is set to undergo eight weeks of potentially life-saving treatment in Texas.

Now the family have reached their fundraising target of €350,000 raising that last €50,000 they needed in just two days and have thanked the public for their donations.

Gavin's dad John said: "When we roped in friends to help us create our own awareness campaign I never, for one minute, expected this. We've been on TV, radio and all across people's social media pages since we shared Gavin's story.

"It's snowballed and we're eternally grateful to the people of Ireland for their overwhelming generosity and genuine, kind interest in our family's battle," he said.

Superhero Gavin left Greystones Co Wicklow to travel to the US on Monday accompanied by his parents.

They travelled to the airport by Hummer complete with a garda escort.

"Kitted out in his Superman T-shirt, Gavin was every inch the superhero as he undertook the gruelling 11-hour flight to Houston via Chicago," said Lynda Pegman, a family friend.

Gavin was just one-year-old when he was diagnosed with the rare cancerous tumour, Rhabdomyosarcoma

After three years of treatment in the care of Dublin's Crumlin Hospital, the Glynn's we're told that Irish doctors could no longer help him and began looking worldwide for further crucial treatment.

His parents launched their heartfelt campaign to raise the cash needed for Gavin's treatment with a simple text-donation campaign capturing the imagination of the nation and beyond.

Within hours, Gavin's story generated national attention across TV, radio and social media accounts of people across the world.

Gavin received widespread publicity for his campaign from celebrities like One Direction's Liam Payne, Leinster rugby star Jaime Heaslip and Kodaline who all pledged their support and encouraged people to donate.

The 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.

(Herald)

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