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Dub hurlers raise funds for teen cancer patient

DUBLIN's hurlers have thrown their weight behind the fundraising for life-saving treatment for a young cancer patient.

Dubliner Marc Owens has now returned home from Texas where he was being treated for rare sarcoma in a specialist centre.

Marc (18) was due to sit his Leaving Certificate this year, but his world turned upside down after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The Belvedere College student had the cancer surgery in early February at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston -- the only place in the world where he could receive the life-saving surgery.

Dublin senior hurlers Joey Boland and Tomas Brady have taken time out of their busy training schedule to show their support for the Marc Owens Medical Fund.

Volunteers will be selling the blue tribute wristbands around Croke Park this Sunday as supporters arrive for the Leinster hurling final against Kilkenny.

The two Na Fianna hurlers will be togging out in support of Marc and will encourage all the supporters to buy the ¤3 tribute bands.

After many complications, set-backs and painful surgery, Marc returned home in May and for the moment, he is continuing his treatment in the Mater Hospital.

The fund was established to help pay for the enormous cost of Marc's ongoing treatment -- which will amount to €1m as he will have to go back to the United States periodically for further surgery and treatment.

In less than three months, €200,000 has already been raised through fund raising activities.

Leinster and Ireland rugby star Cian Healy also came out in support of the fundraising for the teenager.

His aunt Catherine told the Herald that Marc's journey has been "a rollercoaster."

"Marc has a fantastic, steely inner strength which is helping him pull through," she added.