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Stars join campaign to help brave cancer mum

A DUBLIN woman who is the youngest person in the world with a rare form of cancer has gone public about her case for the first time in 21 years as a trust has been set up to raise funds for life-saving treatment.

The case of the brave mum-of-two Caroline Fagan (32) has grabbed the attention of celebrities around the world.

"We have been self-funding for a long time now and would never have foreseen having to do this, we're a private family," explained Richard Fagan, Caroline's brother.

"We've never asked for a penny before but we've gone as far as we can ourselves seeking expert advice from around the world which we can't step away from," added Mr Fagan.

Caroline was first diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer at age nine and lived a normal life up until a sudden change in 2012, just after the birth of her two girls.

The Skerries mum is the youngest person in the world with this rare form of cancer which doesn't respond to chemotherapy.

Leinster rugby players Mike Ross, Paddy Jackson and the Kearney brothers, have helped to promote Caroline's case.

Actor Stephen Rea, who is an ambassador for Caring for Caroline, is a family friend and has opened up some doors in America in the medical field. Beyonce's dancers met Caroline's family in the Fitzwilliam Hotel and the dancers away asked if they could record a video for her.

"She's in great spirits, she never complains or moans and has defied all of what the medical profession believed was possible for her," added her brother.

At the moment unlicensed drugs exist that are being trialled that may work for Caroline but her family need more than €500,000 to make sure she can access cutting edge treatment.

Her family have organised a host of activities to raise funds for Caroline's care. For details on fundraising visit www.caringforcaroline.org