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Kevin set for pioneering brain cancer therapy as donations hit £205k target in four days

By Deborah McAleese

Published 15/08/2016

Kevin gives the thumbs up in his hospital bed
Kevin gives the thumbs up in his hospital bed
Kevin Carey with his wife Natasha on their wedding day

The campaign to help save a terminally-ill man who was given just three months to live has smashed its fundraising target in just four days.

More than £216,000 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.

A fundraising campaign reached that target on Saturday and last night thousands of pounds continued to flood in.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For more information, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/2qctufh8.

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