Cancer sufferer Kevin Carey starts treatment after public raise £235,000
A man from Northern Ireland who was given just three months to live has started his pioneering brain cancer therapy after an incredible effort to raise enough money to pay for it.
More than £235,000 has been raised in 13 days to help Kevin Carey in his brave battle against an aggressive brain tumour.
The 35-year-old Portglenone man's last hope is pioneering immunotherapy treatment, which costs £205,000 and is only available privately. The therapy teaches the immune system to find and attack the brain cancer cells.
An update from his wife on the GoFundMe website yesterday read: "Kevin was able to start the first part of his treatment today. This is such wonderful news, and afterwards we are allowed to head back home. Kevin is so relieved, and so grateful to start treatment.
"We also sincerely appreciate how kind London has been to us, but we are really looking forward to getting back home at some point this week.
"Kevin is feeling well, he's getting stronger each day, but still tires very quickly. Kevin is very determined but knows he has a long road ahead of him. Thank you to everyone for all your help, support, kindness, generosity and love - we feel every bit of it."
Kevin's family said they were "overwhelmed and truly grateful" by the incredible response to their appeal. "This campaign has helped raise awareness of brain tumours and the devastating effect on the entire community. All funds will be used to help Kevin in his fight and the ongoing fight against brain tumours," they wrote on Facebook.
Kevin was on a trip to Portstewart in July last year with Natasha when he suffered a number of seizures. A brain scan identified glioblastoma, an aggressive terminal brain tumour for which Kevin has already undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.