Generous Ireland soccer star James McClean just keeps on giving

Little Emma Cunningham-Marques.

Little Emma Cunningham-Marques.


Republic of Ireland and Wigan Athletic footballer, James McClean, has donated more money to help a five year-old girl currently undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumour.

Emma Cunningham-Marques was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in March this year. A DIPG is a tumour located in the middle of the brain stem.

Emma has family living in Derry. Her aunt, Margaret Cunningham, has helped to raise money to assist Emma and her parents with the cost of her treatment.

The Derry Journal first highlighted Emma’s story in June and after reading the story online, James McClean contacted Journal and after he was put in touch with Emma’s aunt, he made a ‘sizeable donation’ and also presented Emma’s mother, Donna, with a signed Republic of Ireland jersey.

Emma’s aunt, Margaret, who is running a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ fundraising event in support of her little niece this weekend, contacted the Journal yesterday to say that James McClean had been in touch again.

“There are very few people as generous as James McClean around,” said Margaret.

“He has made another donation and who knows, he might even attend the tea party this weekend,” she joked.

Emma is currently receiving experimental radiotherapy treatment for her brain tumour in New York and is believed to be doing well.




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