Farren's family appeals for help in player's fight for life
The family of Mark Farren, the former Derry striker, have made a public appeal for funds to allow the 33-year-old undergo medical treatment that will give him a chance of surviving serious illness.
Farren has been battling a life-threatening condition for six years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour that halted his football career.
Remarkably, the Donegal native made a comeback from that setback to become Derry's all-time top scorer in 2012 and then joined Glenavon in the Irish League before his problems returned.
He underwent surgery for the third time last month and his family released an update via the players' union PFAI yesterday which explained his serious plight.
"Surgeons removed 80pc-90pc of a tumour," said the statement. "The invasive nature of the procedure has had a stunting effect on his speech and mobility. The biopsy has indicated that the tumour is a grade 4, meaning it's highly aggressive.
"Mark is seeking medical assistance from an elite cancer centre in Germany. The six-week treatment programme is his best chance of saving or at least prolonging his life. Treatment will cost approximately €30,000.
"This is the one goal with which Mark needs our help, any contribution is greatly appreciated."