A young Donegal teenager with an aggressive brain tumor is hoping to get potentially life-saving treatment abroad this year.
Buncrana’s Rocco McGinley was diagnosed with devastating cancer in October 2021.
At just 14 years old, he started to experience unusual symptoms last summer. He suffered from blurred vision, unsteady gait and loss of power. An MRI confirmed her family’s worst fears – a rare and potentially fatal brain tumor, particularly aggressive and difficult to treat.
Rocco’s parents, Yvonne Hegarty of Rathmullan and Wade McGinley of Buncrana, have since prayed extensively and done countless hours of research into treatment options.
Rocco received fantastic care, support and procedures in Irish hospitals, but they have exhausted all options. Her family thinks her only hope is elsewhere.
A major fundraiser is underway to raise funds to give Rocco the best chance for treatment by some of the world’s best neurologists in the United States.
A raffle was held last week to kick off the campaign, and a GoFundMe call is now open at https://gofund.me/541b0ce6
Rocco’s family are still in awe of his bravery throughout his illness.
They said, “He’s like any other teenager. He loves his family, his friends, the music and his PS. He’s the funniest, most loving, sweetest, kindest soul and he’ll light up any room when he walks in.
“To date, Rocco has received fantastic care and support from staff at LUH, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Temple Street and St Lukes Hospital. He was given radium, he had a biopsy and a shunt was inserted, which alleviated the symptoms and temporarily stunted the growth of the tumors. Rocco has undergone all of these invasive procedures, his treatment to this day with his normal courageous and courageous manner and without a single complaint he is an inspiration to all of us and such a fighter.
A goal of € 280,000 has been set on GoFundMe to raise as much money as possible for Rocco to seek treatment in the United States.
His family said, “There are various clinical trials that have had some success that are specifically designed to treat Rocco’s diagnosed tumor. Our goal from this go fund me page is to raise as much funds so that he can have the opportunity to seek treatment.
“His case has been reviewed by several major hospitals and has been accepted for treatment. This will require a significant amount of money.
Any support will be greatly appreciated on https://gofund.me/541b0ce6
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