Irish internationals make generous donations to former Derry striker for cancer treatment
Published 04/05/2015 | 18:44
Irish footballers Seamus Coleman and James McClean are among those who have donated to former Derry City striker Mark Farren's fundraising drive for cancer treatment.
Farren's family have made a public appeal for funds to allow the 33-year-old undergo medical treatment that will give him a chance of surviving serious illness.
Farren has been battling a life-threatening condition for six years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour that halted his football career.
Remarkably, the Donegal native made a comeback from that setback to become Derry's all-time top scorer in 2012 and then joined Glenavon in the Irish League before his problems returned.
To date, €27,000 has been raised as the football community has rallied behind Farren's need for treatment, with a significant financial boost from the two Irish internationals.
The Everton full-back donated £5,000 today, just short of €6,000, while McClean, who played with Farren during his time with the Candystripes, donated £1,000 (around €1,400).
Last week his family released an update via the players' union PFAI yesterday which explained his serious plight.
"Surgeons removed 80pc-90pc of a tumour," said the statement. "The invasive nature of the procedure has had a stunting effect on his speech and mobility. The biopsy has indicated that the tumour is a grade 4, meaning it's highly aggressive.
"Mark is seeking medical assistance from an elite cancer centre in Germany. The six-week treatment programme is his best chance of saving or at least prolonging his life. Treatment will cost approximately €30,000.
"This is the one goal with which Mark needs our help, any contribution is greatly appreciated."