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Kevin Carey begins pioneering brain cancer therapy in London

Published 23/08/2016

Kevin Carey with his wife Natasha outside th Macmillan Cancer Centre, University College London Hospital. Photo: GoFundMe
Kevin Carey with his wife Natasha outside th Macmillan Cancer Centre, University College London Hospital. Photo: GoFundMe

Terminally-ill man Kevin Carey, who was given just three months to live, has started his pioneering brain cancer therapy.

More than £235,000 has been raised 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 on the GoFundMe website on Tuesday 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 it has 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 his wife Natasha when he became unwell and suddenly took a number of seizures. He was rushed to hospital where he was misdiagnosed with sudden onset epilepsy.

Kevin gives the thumbs up in his hospital bed
Kevin gives the thumbs up in his hospital bed

But after the couple arranged their own MRI scan, Kevin, a former GAA player, was given the devastating diagnosis of glioblastoma - an aggressive grade four terminal brain tumour.

He underwent gruelling treatment involving major brain surgery in September last year. This was followed by six weeks of radio-chemotherapy, then six months of full strength chemotherapy to blast the last remaining cancer cells.

In June this year, medics told the couple the treatment had worked and to book a holiday. However, days before they were to jet off Kevin fell ill again, and a year to the day he was first diagnosed, Kevin was given the heartbreaking news that the treatment hadn't worked.

Kevin shows the large scar from his operation
Kevin shows the large scar from his operation

Last month Kevin was given three months to live.

Describing that moment, Natasha said it felt "like someone had put a pin on our world so it stopped spinning".

However, the couple refused to give up without a fight.

Kevin Carey with his wife Natasha on their wedding day
Kevin Carey with his wife Natasha on their wedding day

Appealing for help, Natasha said: "I want Kevin to know he is not alone in this fight for his life. Please help Kevin fight this brain tumour in anyway you can."

Within the space of four days more than 6,600 people donated money to the Kevin Carey Fight Against Brain Tumour fundraising page.

Fundraising events have also been held across Northern Ireland.

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