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Fundraiser smashes €250k goal

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:48pm

A fundraiser, set up to assist a former Cork footballer, has smashed its €250,000 goal in under a week. Last Friday a Go Fund Me Page, Friends of Kieran was set up to assist All-Ireland winner Kieran O'Connor, who is battling a rare form of cancer.

This is Kieran's third time facing cancer, after initially being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2017.

In January 2019, after previously overcoming operations and grueling chemotherapy sessions after his initial diagnosis in 2017, Kieran had to endure another serious operation when his lower leg was amputated in January 2019.

Following that Kieran, who is a member of Aghada GAA club, and his wife Sinéad received the devastating confirmation that his cancer had spread and he is currently back on his chemotherapy treatment.

In response to this, Kieran's friends set up his Go Fund Me page just under a week ago in order to help Kieran pay for treatment and his care, as well as potential prosthetic costs and to help support Sinéad and their three young children, Isabelle, Ava and James.

The campaign almost instantly went viral across Ireland as former club and county teammates and intercounty players across the country relentlessly campaigned to the general public to donate.

Over 4,250 people have donated to date, with the fund at over €270,000 yesterday (Wednesday), €20,000 over the initial goal of €250,000.

As well as the online fund, a 5km walk will take place this coming Bank Holiday Monday, 18 March. Leaving Aghada GAA club at 2pm, the walk will continue along the People’s Path while there will be refreshents served afterwards - all are welcome to join in.

To donate to the Friends of Kieran Go Fund Me Page, go to gofundme.com/f/friendsofkieran.

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