Friday 22 March 2019

Thousands raised in support of Jango's wish

Colin Flemming
Colin Flemming

Sara Gahan

The communities in north Wexford have rallied together in support of well-known Colin 'Jango' Fleming who was given devastating news that his cancer is terminal and only has a few weeks left to live.

Colin, who is a father of three, made a charity pledge last week, after receiving the heart-breaking news, in aid of Aoibheann's Pink Tie - a national children's cancer charity. He has raised €20,883 in the space of a week by raffling off his three-day Electric Picnic ticket. Also, a gofundme page, set up by relative Sabrina Cullen, has raised an astonishing €36,375 for the family of Colin.

The 37-year old set up an 'everydayhero' page for the children's charity. Colin, who is originally from Coolgreany, attended Electric Picnic every year - up until 2014, it was always with his cousin Laura but tragically the young mother of three passed away in August 2015 from lung cancer.

Sabrina set up the gofundme page four months ago when Colin was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April. She contemplated hard about keeping the page open after hearing Colin only had a few weeks to live. After a hard-decision, Sabrina decided to keep the page open in support of Colin's wife Schalan and his three kids.

'Initially this page was set up for Colin and Schalan after he was first diagnosed,' said Sabrina, who is from Gorey but now lives in Laois. 'I did not want Colin to be worrying about travel costs, if Schalan had to take days off work or utility bills.'

The gofundme page had a goal of €1,000 when it first opened.

'We did not know what to set the goal at as we did not want to be seen to be greedy,' said Sabrina. 'The money just increased over time and it shows what kind of person Colin was in the town.'

After the news broke last week of Colin's situation, money started pouring into the gofundme page once again and Sabrina said she could not believe the amount of support it received.

'I was thinking of deleting the page after the news and I was afraid it would upset the family,' said Sabrina. 'But, the money rolled in and I thought it would be good to have this for Schalan and the kids.'

The €36,375 will go towards Christmas for the kids, school supplies, or any medical expenses.

'It is a bit of comfort for Colin and Schalan,' added Sabrina. 'The money raised is an absolute credit to the town of Gorey and the people of Coolgreany.'

Colin has been battling acute myeloid leukaemia since the end of April. Earlier in August, he was told that his leukaemia had relapsed before he had the opportunity for a bone marrow transplant, which had been scheduled for September 11.

He was given three options. The first was to do nothing and have two weeks to live. The second was to have palliative care at home which would give him four to five weeks to live and spend some quality time with family and close friends. The last option was to take an extremely high dosage of chemo, get a transplant and spend the rest of his time in hospital with only a five per cent chance of success.

Colin bravely opted for option number two, so he could spend more time with his family and friends.

Gorey Guardian