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Positive update for former Cork footballer

Friday, 22nd November, 2019 10:00am

A former Cork footballer, whose fight against cancer saw a fundraising page raise over €270,000 in four days earlier this year, has received a positive update on his prognosis.
Kieran O'Connor, who is battling Ewing's Sarcoma cancer, has recently been undergoing five months of intensive treatment.
An update posted yesterday on the GoFundMe page Friends of Kieran said: “
Kieran had results of a full scan today. While the cancer is still there, the results were positive in that it has regressed in some places and overall the doctors are pleased the treatment that he has been on for the last while is doing its job.
It continued: “He will be starting chemo again next week but they are happy that this treatment is working for him at this time. Long road ahead but all the small battles count. Thank you sincerely for all for your kind messages, prayers and support for Kieran over the past few months, it has been absolutely incredible.
The Aghada native was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in October 2017. Despite an initial operation to remove a tumour, followed by treatment, Kieran's leg had to be amputated. It was during his recovery that he learned his cancer had spread.
A father of three and husband to Sinead, Kieran played with the Cork footballers for seven years from 2004 until 2011 and was a member of the All-Ireland winning team in 2010.
The fundraising page that was set up in March 2019 and has seen almost 5,000 seperate donations since then to the page alone. The money raised is being used towards Kieran's treatment and expenses while former and current intercounty GAA players from across the country have been involved in various fundraising drives, including a charity hurling match played on Leeside between Cork and Kilkenny at the end of March. The page is currently just under the €325,000 mark – donations can be made at

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