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Appeal raises whopping €300,000 to help 'kind and caring' young dad with brain cancer

'In the space of just a few days, Philip and Caoimhe's world was turned completely upside down'
Philip was struck down while on holiday in Kerry in July with his family

Philip was struck down while on holiday in Kerry in July with his family

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Nearly €300,000 has been raised to help pay for life-saving treatment for a “kind, caring, and funny” young dad who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Philip Considine (37) was struck down while on holiday in Kerry in July with his family.

After being rushed to hospital following a seizure, doctors discovered that he had an inoperable brain tumour.

Philip has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for his treatment, but family and friends soon discovered immunotherapy treatment which they said seemed “very promising”.

However, since the immunotherapy treatment isn’t available in Ireland, they turned to GoFundMe in an attempt to raise €125,000 to privately fund his treatment in Germany, with the rest going to brain cancer research.

That initial goal has been massively surpassed and has now reached a total of €292,524.

The GoFundMe appeal states that Philip has “a young family, a brother, parents, and friends that absolutely adore him".

“Anyone who has met Philip knows that he lights up any room he walks into,” it adds. “He is kind, caring, funny, an amazing husband, brother, son, friend and most importantly a father who loves his children more than anything.

“Since his diagnosis, we know so many of us have felt helpless as we watch Philip take on this challenge and have looked to help in whatever way we can. This is our opportunity to make a huge difference to Philip's life and treatment journey.”

It adds that Caoimhe, who was eight months pregnant at the time of Philip’s diagnosis, “has since given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Jordi”.

“In the space of just a few days, Philip and Caoimhe's world was turned completely upside down; going from looking forward to the arrival of their second child to Philip beginning the fight of his life against this cruel disease,” the appeal reveals.

“Philip is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy here in Ireland, however through research his family and friends have found very promising immunotherapy treatments available in Germany.

“Unfortunately, these treatments are not available in Ireland and are extremely costly and have to be funded privately. We, his family and friends, are hoping to raise funds to go towards this lifesaving treatment, giving him the care and fighting chance he deserves.”

All funds raised will go towards Philip's treatment with any excess funds donated to brain cancer research.

“The hope is to begin this treatment as soon as possible and we would greatly appreciate your support,” the appeal states.


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