GoFundMe for Cork footballer with rare bone cancer raises over €100,000 in a day 5 months ago

GoFundMe for Cork footballer with rare bone cancer raises over €100,000 in a day

Former Cork senior footballer Kieran O'Connor is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer.

On 2 October 2017, after what started out as a throbbing pain in his right ankle, Kieran was diagnosed with the rare form of the disease.

A GoFundMe established by the Cork man's friends has proved a roaring success, taking in no less than €122,000 in one day. 1,969 people have contributed to the campaign so far.

Kieran, who is married to Sinead and is the father of three children, had already undergone intensive chemotherapy in order to shrink tumours to an operable size. After a period of recovery following the removal, the aggressive disease returned.

Over the last few months, Kieran was suffering from persistent pains in his leg and the wound was not healing fully. In January 2019 he had to endure another serious operation and his lower leg was amputated. He is now facing down the disease for the third time in 18 months.

According to the page, "Funds are needed to help Kieran with all aspects on further treatment and care, as well as potential prosthetic costs following his lower leg amputation and to help support Sinead and their 3 young children."

If you want to add your support to the campaign, you can find the GoFundMe page here. The current target is €250,000.