Farren to commence treatment in Tijuana within fortnight

Mark Farren with wife, Terri Louise, at a recent event set-up to raise money for the Mark Farren Treatment fund.
Mark Farren with wife, Terri Louise, at a recent event set-up to raise money for the Mark Farren Treatment fund.
  • Farren to travel to Mexico via New York and San Diego
  • Wife Terri Louise and physiotherapist travelling too
  • Treatment to cost $50,000

Mark Farren will commence specialist cancer/brain tumour treatment in Tijuana, Mexico on May 28.

Mark, wife Terri Louise and nutritionist/physiotherapist Sinead Kelly will begin their 5,625 mile round trip on Monday May 25.

“I am delighted that we are going to be able to do this - it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the help and support of so many people,” Terri Louise told the ‘Journal’.

Mark, Terri Louise and Sinead will travel to Belfast on Monday May 25 where they will stay overnight before catching a morning flight to New York on Tuesday.

“We will have to stay in New York two nights to allow the pressure on Mark’s brain to come down before travelling on to San Diego by plane.”

San Diego is only 15 miles away from the specialist clinic in Tijuana. Mark, Terri-Louise and Sinead will be collected at the airport in San Diego and will be driven to clinic in Mexico.

Whilst a patient at the clinic, Mark will receive potential life saving specialist treatment seven days per week for four weeks. The first batch of treatment will cost $30,000.

Once the four week treatment schedule is complete Mark is then given the equipment and items he needs to return to Derry where he will spend a further four weeks treating himself at home.

At the end of this section of his treatment, Mark is expected to return to Mexico for one last batch of treatment.

“It’s quite a significant treatment plan,” said Terri Louise. “I am glad Sinead Kelly is coming with us - Sinead is familiar with Mark and she has been really supportive. We’ve also been working with a speech therapist too - the doctors at the clinic in Mexico want Mark to be as strong as possible before starting the treatment,” she added.

Mark, 33, was diagnosed with a grade four brain tumour earlier this year and in April he underwent surgery to have it removed.

The surgeons were not able to remove all of the tumour and the only other option left to Mark after the surgery was intensive chemotherapy which would result in him losing his fertility.

Mark and Terri Louise, who were married in 2009, have taken the decision to travel to Mexico where he will receive treatment not available in Europe.

The treatment costs $50,000 and has been made possible by the donations made by people to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund.

We will have to stay in New York two nights to allow the pressure on Mark’s brain to come down before travelling on to San Diego by plane

Terri Louise Farren

Mark was first diagnosed with a grade two brain tumour in 2008 but made a full recovery; he was again diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013 and after surgery and treatment started down the road to recovery.

Earlier this year Mark thought his speech to be slowing and after tests he was diagnosed with a grade four brain tumour. It was after the surgery that he and wife Terri Louise decided they would try to raise money to travel to Mexico for specialist treatment.

“None of this would be possible if it were not for the help and support of everyone who has got involved - we will never be able to thank them enough.

“The treatment costs so much but if there’s a happy story to tell at the end it will be worth it,” she said.

If you would like to donate visit the Mark Farren Treatment Fund page.

Glenavon players offer a warm welcome to Mark Farren and his wife, Terry-Louise.INLM20-121

Glenavon players offer a warm welcome to Mark Farren and his wife, Terry-Louise.INLM20-121

Mark Farren and his wife Terri-Louise with Peter Hutton and Gary Hamilton before the Glenavon and Derry City select fundraising match at Mournview Park. The former Derry City and Glenavon striker is battling an aggressive brain tumour and is hopeful treatment in Mexico could aid that fight.

Mark Farren and his wife Terri-Louise with Peter Hutton and Gary Hamilton before the Glenavon and Derry City select fundraising match at Mournview Park. The former Derry City and Glenavon striker is battling an aggressive brain tumour and is hopeful treatment in Mexico could aid that fight.