Limerick mum ‘blown away’ by response to most cancers trial attraction


A Limerick mom of 1 mentioned she is “blown away” by the response to her pressing attraction for emergency funds to enrol her younger son in a US most cancers trial, that would assist save his life.

Buddies of Eleanor Murnane, from Murroe, arrange a gofundme account on-line, final Tuesday, which right now had raised over €220,000 of a €375,000 purpose.

The funds will go in direction of journey, lodging, and prices of the New York most cancers trial, which is scheduled to start in January.

“I’m simply blown away by the kindness of so many individuals. I actually can’t thank folks sufficient for his or her donations, prayers and textual content messages,” mentioned Ms Murnane.

Her son, Theo, aged three, was identified with stage 4 most cancers two weeks after his second birthday in Might 2018, after docs at College Hospital Limerick discovered a big tumour in his stomach had unfold to his bones and scalp.

“He’s my solely boy, so I must get him to New York, I can’t afford to attend, however I want €375,000,” Ms Murnane mentioned.

Ms Murnane mentioned the remedy that’s being made obtainable in New York includes “an enhanced spherical of immunotherapy” which is hoped will significantly decrease the probabilities Theo’s most cancers returning.

The trial is initially scheduled for one yr.

“We hope to be over there for a month initially after which journey backwards and forwards over the yr. It’s going to hopefully massively enhance his possibilities. I do not wish to remorse not doing this and for it to be too late, so I’ve no selection however to attempt,” she mentioned.

Theo must be in New York by January 2021, so we urgently need assistance

“It takes a group to boost a toddler and my group have been unimaginable. Thanks from the underside of my coronary heart for all of your donations, prayers, and messages,” she mentioned.

Theo is simply ending seven months of harsh chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in addition to a spherical of immunotherapy, which Ms Murnane defined: “trains the white cells to recognise and battle most cancers cells”.

After he was rushed by ambulance from UHL to Crumlin Youngsters’s Hospital, docs identified Theo with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, and inside hours the little boy was receiving his first dose of chemotherapy and “our world had fallen aside”.

“Since then, Theo has had his tumour eliminated and gone via quite a few rounds of chemotherapy, a double stem cell transplant, 14 rounds of radiotherapy and 6 rounds of immunotherapy.” Nevertheless, there have been “setbacks alongside the best way, together with two very critical infections which had him admitted to Intensive Care”.

                        Theo Murnane, now aged three. A gofundme account set up last Tuesday has at the time of publication raised over €220,000 of a €375,000 goal for his US cancer trial.

Theo Murnane, now aged three. A gofundme account arrange final Tuesday has on the time of publication raised over €220,000 of a €375,000 purpose for his US most cancers trial.

Ms Murnane mentioned she has “come scarily shut” to dropping her son to most cancers, however fortunately he has continued to “defy all odds and battle via”.

“He’s nearly to complete his final spherical of immunotherapy, after which we’re eager for a transparent scan. Sadly, with the kind of most cancers that Theo has, the possibility of re-occurrence is extraordinarily excessive, we now need assistance.” 

In a heartbreaking plea for funds, Ms Murnane mentioned: “As we speak, as Theo’s mum, I’m asking you to assist me get Theo on a scientific trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Most cancers Centre in New York. This trial will assist forestall the most cancers re-occurring and drastically enhance Theo’s probabilities of survival. 

“Theo deserves an extended, wholesome life free from ache and worry. I’ve to do all the things in my energy to ensure he will get this. We have to elevate €375,000, time shouldn’t be on our facet, as Theo must be in New York by January 2021, so we urgently need assistance.” 

The battle has been arduous: “Theo is simply three, but has been in remedy for 2 and a half years. The final two and a half years have been extremely robust, particularly as a single dad or mum. I’ve discovered firsthand how treasured life actually is and the way shortly it could actually all be taken away.

 “I believe the toughest a part of most cancers remedy is on the finish, when everybody assumes you’re cured and also you not want their assist  — this isn’t true, consider me, that is while you’re at your absolute weakest. I’ve laid my youngster in a surgeon’s arms and spent Christmas retaining watch over him in ICU; I’ve slept upright in a hospital chair and listened to the beeping of machines; I’ve smiled via the tears and located power when there wasn’t any left,” Ms Murnane provided.

“I’ve executed all of it for Theo, who’s on the finish of the day is only a very regular, very treasured boy, stuffed with mischief, fast to smile, and an enormous fan of Tractor Ted and Paw Patrol. As we speak, I want my buddies and group to assist me give Theo the most effective future he can presumably have,” she mentioned.

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