Kerry Man Diagnosed With Cancer Seeks Public’s Help

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Ross Hurley and his wife Nina.

A KERRY man is asking people to help him in his fight for life after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October.

Ross Hurley (38) from Killarney needs specialist treatment to fight the type of cancer which, according to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%.

Whipple surgery, in which they remove the gallbladder, quarter of his stomach, duodenum and the head of the pancreas, was carried out on October 30, 2018 and while Ross had some complications, it went as well as can be expected.

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He is now seeking to have lifesaving CAR-T-Cell therapy so he and his wife Nina have set up a GoFundMe page with a target of raising €180,000. After two weeks it has raised around €6,000.

In an update post on the gofundme page late last week, Ross said; “I’m completely overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten from family and friends, near and far. I will shortly be arranging I.V. infusions to help boost my immune system before ultimately receiving Immunotherapy in Bangkok but I cannot receive this first of many treatments without achieving a minimum of €32.000. This, including the clinic’s treatment cost, stem cell storage, travel, accommodation and living expenses for 7-8 weeks. I’m now appealing to those who have yet not donated, just as little as €5 will give me a huge advantage in achieving my first treatment cost.”

You can read more about Ross and his plight on the gofundme page by clicking here

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