Saturday 29 April 2017

Big-hearted Ireland captain Seamus Coleman donates €6,000 to help Donegal toddler fight aggressive cancer

Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has donated €6,000 to help a two-year-old who has been battling a rare form of cancer since he's been just 10 weeks old.

Caolan Melaugh, Killygordan in Co Donegal, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare and highly aggressive form of childhood cancer, which has an 80pc chance of relapse.

The brave two-year-old was cancer free last June after enduring  15 months of treatment including chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and six months of immunotherapy.

His parents Gerard and Stacey and their family and friends raised €200,000 to send little Caolan to the US for treatment to prevent a relapse, as such technology does not exist in Ireland.

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Last September, while in America for his next session of a trial drug, Caolan took a seizure. Scans showed three lesions of cancer in his brain which meant brain surgery to remove them.

As a result, the money raised has been exhausted. Caolan is currently undergoing cancer treatment at Crumlin to try and clear the lesions from his brain.

He must be cancer free before he can resume his treatment in the US.

The family needs to raise a lot more money to fund future trips to the US and family friend Gerard McConnell has set up a Go Fund Me page to allow people to donate and a very high profile contributor has come forward, Killybegs' Seamus Coleman.

He donated the large sum with the messages: “Best wishes Caolan x”

"I just shared it on Facebook and Twitter and obviously Seamus saw it and he donated the €6,000," Gerard told Independent.ie

“That will help enormously, we are all so thrilled. We’d like to thank Seamus and everyone else who donated so far from the bottom of our hearts

"People were a bit surprised but they would not have been aware of his generous nature.

"There have probably been another €2,000 donations that have came in since then. It has generated interest in little Coalon's plight.

"It's all positive but there is a lot more needed.

"People have been absolutely brilliant but this has to go national. It would take an awful lot of tenners to reach €200,000 and people locally have been giving so generously."

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To make a donation for little Caolan Melaugh, visit Gerard's Go Fund Me page by clicking here

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