Weʼre raising £250,000 to JOHN CALNAN CANCER TREATMENT FUND. To raise funds for a very rare cancer double transplant operation either in the UK or USA.
- Ballina, Ireland
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hi Our Dad is our hero and our whole lives, he's 51 but he has been ill all his life & doctors could never find a cause for all his versions illnesses, it was only in 2001 when he got so Ill that he was sent over to St Marks hospital in London who diagnosed him with familial polyposis adematotous Coli / Gardners syndrome / intra & extra abdominal DEdmond tumours, in a 20 hour operation he had his anus , rectum, spincter muscles and all his large bowel removed, leaving him with a permanent illeostomy bag and left having to use a Urostomy bag or to self catheterise to urinate. During the next 2 years he was recovering and getting used to his new life, he started getting very ill again late in 2003 and MRI & CT Scans showed he had developed multiple DESMOID tumours, he was put on chemotherapy for a period but it didn't work and in Jan 2004 he had to have emergency surgery again in St Marks hospital in which they removed a 3 stone tumour weighing over 3 stone and was one foot in diameter, the tumour removed is one of the largest desmoids ever removed,that's the size these tumours grow to very fast, he also had 3 smaller tumours removed as well as all his Small bowel, except for just 60 cm's that was left. Now it's after getting worse with multiple more tumours diagnosed and now his only option is to have the 60 cms of small bowel removed as its covered in tumours and polyps and he must have about 7 foot of donor bowel inserted, he must also have a tumour removed from inside his right thigh, this tumour is attached to his femoral artery and this causes restricted blood flow to his heart resulting in him having 3 major heart ATTACKS since 2010, when this tumour is removed they must also remove over 2 foot of femoral artery and have new donor femoral artery Inserted, the removal of this tumour means cutting all the nerves in his leg, leaving him paralysed 100% in his right leg, this is on top of all the conditions HES been left with in his previous operations, the cost of this operation plus the cost of staying in hospital for up to 6 months after the operation is rising all the time. Because of the rarity of the operation it will have to be done at the MdAnderson clinic in Houston , Texas, USA and it's not covered by the Irish health system as the USA is not in the EU, there is one hospital in Oxford that may be able to do it but as the UK will not be in the EU no more after Brexit, the full cost must be raised by us, we also must move to Cork City in the south of Ireland as the university hospital in Cork has the only surgeon able to treat DAD once he comes home, the council can't give us a house for at least 6 yrs, plus we will have to make renovations to the house which includes having a downstairs bedroom, and all the downstairs must be wide enough to be wheelchair accessible, all of these costs we just can't meet and we really need all the help we can get from people who can donate to our cause, The JOHN CALNAN CANCER FUND was set up to raise these funds but we can't do it without your help. THIS TRANSPLANT COULD ADD UP TO 15 YEARS TO OUR DADS lLIFE,, WITHOUT IT HE HAS MAYBE 2 AT MOST, We are just. praying we can have all. these extra years with our hero, DAD IS OUR WHOLE LIFE . So PLEASE donate any amount you can afford please, it all helps, THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH & GOD BLESS YOU. .
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Oct 11, 2017
PLEASE DONATE to this very important fund, a father & grandfather, this operation will give him up to 15 more years with his family so Im calling all MAN UTD fans to HELP ONE OF OUR OWN - COME ON GUYS
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Hi DADs name is JOHN CALNAN, Turners Cross,Cork City, Ireland & living in mayo but 4 medical reasons must move back 2 cork 2 be near the only specialist surgeon In Ireland who can treat this very rare cancer.DAD born on Feb '66 & HE NEEDS TRANSPLANT ASAP.,we need your help TNXS