Fund For Teacher Battling Cancer Makes Over €105,000 In Less Than Two Days

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Miriam Joy and husband Pat Fitzgerald.

A GOFUNDME page set up to help a mother of two who is battling cancer, has raised  over €105,000 in less than two days.

Miriam Joy is a 32 year old mom of two who teaches in Dromtrasna NS, Abbeyfeale and is married to Pat Fitzgerald from Castleisland, where they live with their two boys Noah (10) and Joshua (5).

They both graduated as primary teachers from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick where they first met. Pat teaches in Cullina NS, Beaufort, Killarney.

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In May 2017, Miriam’s world was rocked when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

Since then she has undergone a range of treatments including two surgeries, multiple rounds of fortnightly and weekly chemotherapies and daily radiotherapy.

Unfortunately, these treatments have not been successful and this extremely aggressive form of breast cancer has now spread to her brain and her lungs.

The only option for Miriam is a change of direction with her treatment. Immunotherapy is a new treatment option that her oncologists have agreed is her best hope.

It is however very costly in this country. Sadly, right now the only way for Miriam to access it is by paying for it privately herself. This will cost a staggering €7000 every three weeks for an indefinite length of time.

With the gofundme page they hoped to reach the extended community and appealed for support to raise the funds needed to access this potentially life-saving treatment needed to continue this next stage of Miriam’s treatment.

The response to the online campaign has been incredible and as of 2pm on Sunday, it has realised  €105,000 of the goal of €120,000. If you would like to help Miriam and Pat please click here to go to the gofundme page.

Miriam and Pat are very fortunate to be surrounded by a close and loving family. Miriam’s parents James and Bridget Joy live in Abbeyfeale, while siblings Raechel, Eoin and Damien are all close by.  John and Karen Fitzgerald are Pat’s parents who live in Castleisland, close to his four sisters Lorraine, Sarah, Aoileann and Úna.

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