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'Heartwarming' Family of newlywed with 'aggressive' brain tumour overjoyed as GoFundMe raises €113K

Cormac McLaughlin was just 38 years old when he was diagnosed with an “aggressive, life-threatening brain tumour” last Easter.

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Cormac McLaughlin with his wife Krystal

Cormac McLaughlin with his wife Krystal

Cormac McLaughlin with his wife Krystal

The brother of a Tyrone man who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour has thanked the public for their incredible support after receiving more than €100,000 in donations towards treatment in America.

Cormac McLaughlin was just 38 years old when he was diagnosed with an “aggressive, life-threatening brain tumour” last Easter.

He had working as a primary school teacher in Hong Kong at the time and has since moved home to Ireland to receive treatment, leaving his new wife Krystal behind.

Cormac has undergone courses of both intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy to try shrink the tumour, which has had a “terrible effect” on him, according to his brother Darragh.

“We had some good results with the radiotherapy but the chemotherapy not so much,” he told S undayworld.com.

“We can’t really tell if the results have been that good because it’s just had such a terrible effect on him. Going through an intensive course of chemo really is tough on the body.”

Cormac is now hoping to travel to Houston, Texas over the next few weeks to be assessed for immunotherapy treatment at the MD Anderson Clinic.

Last week, his family launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover the costs of getting Cormac to the States and paying for medical care.

The fundraiser received €113,192 in donations made by more than 1,700 people since it was set up last Tuesday.

Darragh said that the response to the GoFundMe page is “crazy” and added that the family are absolutely “thrilled” by the support they’ve received.

“It’s crazy. I knew people thought my brother was a nice, sound lad but I wasn’t aware of the effect he had on different circles of friends or people he knows. It’s class.

“It’s really amazing for our mam who’s been looking after Cormac, really bearing the brunt of it. It’s given us all a lift. It’s very heartening for his wife, who he’s apart from at the minute.

“We are so thankful and grateful as a family. It’s just absolutely caught us by surprise and we're so thrilled with the response.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who has donated, whether it’s small or large, it doesn’t matter. It’s so heartwarming to see the support for Cormac.”

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He added that Cormac’s mood has lifted completely after hearing of the kind-hearted people keen to help him out by donating to the fundraiser.

“Everything that’s happened over the last 5 or 6 days, I think seeing all the goodwill from people and reading all the messages is giving him such a boost.

“He’s gotten up out of his bed, he's outside with a walking stick trying to walk around the house trying to build himself up knowing it’s not long until he gets to America.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to the cause can do so here.

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