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Soccer stars back brave Marc's €1m battle to beat rare cancer

Three of Ireland's top soccer players took time out from training for last night's international friendly with Croatia to support the Marc Owens Medical Fund.

Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Shay Given wore blue tribute wristbands while in Dublin this week.

Dubliner Marc was just 18 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called stage four soft tissue sarcoma in 2009.

After life-saving surgery in the MD Anderson Cancer Care Centre in Houston, Texas, his ongoing treatment will cost €1m.

In less than four months, €225,000 has already been raised through fundraising activities.

Marc is a sports fanatic and, as well as supporting the Irish soccer team, he is a big fan of the Dubs and Leinster.

Marc is continuing his treatment in the Mater Hospital. He had a further trip to the US in July and will have to have numerous visits for further surgery and treatment in the months ahead.

Cathy Herbert, of the fundraising committee, told the Herald: "Marc is facing the kind of challenge that puts all other challenges into perspective.

"We all need to rally around him to ensure he can get the best medical care in the world to help him along the way."

For more information see www.marcowensmedicalfund.com.