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Conmen cash in on two sick brothers

HEARTLESS conmen are making bogus collections on behalf of a fundraising appeal for two brothers with a rare condition, writes Ciaran Murphy.

Caroline McCormack (42), from Tramore, Co Waterford, and her son Ryan (6), who has adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, left for the University of Minnesota last week for the boy to receive treatment.

At odds of two-million-to-one, Ryan's brother Ethan (4) has also been diagnosed with the debilitating condition.

The family will need over €2.5m in funds for costs including bone marrow transplants to help ensure both boys' survival.

Campaigner Catherine Keighery of the Save Ryan and Ethan Appeal said she has received reports of bogus door-to-door fundraising efforts in Waterford.

"We are not doing any door-to-door collections. We have legitimate collecting buckets, which will need to be signed-for by the collector. Please contact us or the gardai if you see this type of collection," said Ms Keighery.

Irish Independent