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Kevin Carey's family say final farewell at funeral for brave cancer victim

By Claire Williamson

The funeral has taken place of Northern Ireland man Kevin Carey who died following a courageous battle against brain cancer.

His remains left his family home on the Crawfordstown Road, Portglenone, Co Antrim this morning for the funeral  Mass in St Oliver Plunket's Church, Clady with burial immediately afterwards in Aughnahoy cemetery.

Mr Carey (35),  fell ill on a trip to Portstewart in July 2015 with his wife 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.

He was given just three months to live, but battled on against the odds to try and beat the diagnosis. A campaign was set up to raise money for pioneering immunotherapy treatment and raised more than £235,000 in just 13 days.

Treatment began in August and appeared to be going well but a post on his fundraising page at the weekend said the treatment had stopped working.

Just days later the heartbroken family posted the devastating news that their "beautiful gladiator has been set free".

On Friday the family said people have been queuing at their door and they "couldn't be prouder of Kevin". They urged people coming to the celebration of his life service on Saturday to dress brightly.

His wife Natasha said: "Thank you all for coming to Kevin's wake, people are queuing out our door and I couldn't be prouder of Kevin. He has touched so many hearts. Thank you also for leaving such beautiful comments.

"Kevin's family, my family and I have received so much strength from all of you, and we are so grateful. Kevin is the sweetest soul, and we will never understand why this had to come into his innocent life, but he is free now and he wouldn't want us to cry and be upset, he only ever thought of other people."

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