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Mannix cancer fund given f100k by donor

FOUR-year-old cancer sufferer Mannix Kane is set to receive more than €100,000 from an anonymous trust fund set up to help a child who tragically passed away.

Trustees from the fund contacted the Herald after we ran a story telling how Mannix needs funds to travel to America for treatment should his chemotherapy fail.

On Monday, Mannix from Kildalkey, Co Meath, will start his fourth bout of chemo and he may be handed a lifeline by the generosity of the unknown donors.



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The money was originally raised to help send a 14-year-old cancer sufferer to America for specialised treatment. Although he was sent at a cost of €30,000, he sadly didn't make it in time.

Speaking to the Herald, the men behind the fund maintained that they did not want any publicity, they just wanted to help a sick child.

"We're just ordinary guys that raised money a number of years ago to save the life of a child but unfortunately we were too late," one of the men said.

"Ever since, the money has been in a trust fund and we have been waiting to give it to a child in a similar situation and we hope that it can be Mannix. We don't want publicity or plaudits; we just hope that this money can make a real difference.

"If we can possibly help this child, we will.

"The money was raised to save a child's life and hopefully that is what we can do."

Mannix's mother Noleen has spoken about how the money would prepare her family financially if Mannix has to go to America.

"I understand that this money was meant for a very sick boy and unfortunately it wasn't meant to be," she said.

"This money would mean that the option of going to America would be available a lot quicker and if Mannix's condition changed quickly we would be able to react better.

"The level of generosity is mindboggling, the whole situation with Mannix is mind boggling, there has just been so much to take in that I feel dazed most of the time."

Mannix was diagnosed with stage four clear cell sarcoma two weeks before Christmas.

This cancer is so rare that only 20 new cases are discovered in America each year, meaning that research into the condition is not that extensive. The survival rate is just 40pc.



Tumours

Mannix's parents, Noleen and Bryan, are fundraising to send him to America for clinical trials should chemotherapy prove unsuccessful, because the treatment is not available or funded here.

Mannix has two tumours -- one on his kidney and the second behind his right eye.

The community in Kildalkey has been fundraising incessantly. A single event at the local pub The Snug raised €10,000 and many other fundraisers have been planned.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the fundraising effort can do so by visiting the website www.mannixkane appeal.org.

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