Thursday 22 February 2018

'Our beautiful gladiator has been set free' - man loses brain tumour battle after massive fundraising campaign

Kevin Carey pictured with his wife Natasha
Kevin Carey pictured with his wife Natasha

Claire Williamson

The heartbroken family of a man who was at the centre of a massive fundraising campaign after being diagnosed with brain cancer has said he has been "set free" as he passed away following a courageous battle.

Kevin Carey, from Portglenone in Co Antrim, first fell ill on a trip to Portstewart in July 2015 with his wife Natasha when he suffered a number of seizures.

A brain scan identified glioblastoma, an aggressive terminal brain tumour for which Kevin has already undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

He was given just three months to live, but battled on against the odds to try and beat the diagnosis.

A campaign was set up to raise money for pioneering immunotherapy treatment. In an incredible outpouring from the public more than £235,000 (€280,000) was raised in just 13 days.

Treatment started in August last year and was reported to be going well.

However, a post on his fundraising page at the weekend said the treatment had stopped working.

It said the tumour had returned and "there was nothing that could stop it this time".

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This morning the heartbroken family have posted the devastating news that their "beautiful gladiator has been set free".

A Facebook post read:  "There's no easy way to say this. My beautiful gladiator has been set free. Kevin fought the most courage fight to the end, and won, he kept his gorgeous sweet personality and will be forever young.

"There are no words. My everything."

Belfast Telegraph

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