Mayor urges support for Mark as he travels to Mexico

Mark Farren and his parents at a civic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment  Fund Football Match.'' ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.
Mark Farren and his parents at a civic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment Fund Football Match.'' ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.
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Mayor of Derry and Strabane Elisha McCallion has urged local people to continue supporting Mark Farren’s Treatment Fund as he makes his way to Mexico for treatment.

A Mayoral reception was held on Saturday prior to the Derry City Select v Northern Ireland XI charity match in aid of the Mark Farren Treatment Fund.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion with Mark and Terri Louise Farren pictured at a civic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment Fund Football Match.' ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion with Mark and Terri Louise Farren pictured at a civic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment Fund Football Match.' ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography.

Mark, his wife Terri and the couple’s family and friends were among those who attended the reception at the Guildhall.

Speaking after hosting the event, Mayor McCallion extended her best wishes to the 33-year-old Derry City FC legend and his family ahead of his journey to Mexico today.

Mark and his wife were expected to be joined by nutritionist/ physiotherapist Sinead Kelly on their 5,625 mile round trip.

They travelled to Belfast yesterday and stayed overnight before catching a morning flight to New York today (Tuesday).

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha  McCallion with Mark and Terri-Louise Farren, and members of Mark's family at a c'ivic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment  Fund Football Match. ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion with Mark and Terri-Louise Farren, and members of Mark's family at a c'ivic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment Fund Football Match. ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Mark’s cancer treatment is scheduled to begin in Tijuana on Thursday.

As of this morning a total of £41,057.95 has been donated to the online Go Get Funding campaign by 1,166 backers.

Donations have poured in from football clubs, businesses and community-based organisations and via people from Derry, Donegal, Tyrone and beyond organising charity events such as quiz nights and mountain treks.

Mark (33) has been battling against life threatening cancer for six years.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion with Mark and Terri-Louise Farren (nee Holmes) and members of Holmes family'' pictured at a civic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment  Fund Football Match.''.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion with Mark and Terri-Louise Farren (nee Holmes) and members of Holmes family'' pictured at a civic reception in advance of the Mark Farren Treatment Fund Football Match.''.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

His third surgery took place a month ago and surgeons managed to remove 80-90% of a tumour from his brain.

Those behind the campaign said the invasive nature of the procedure has had a major effect on his speech and mobility.

The biopsy which followed has indicated that the tumour is a grade 4, meaning its highly aggressive and it is hoped the treatment available in Tijuana will tackle this head on and give him a fighting chance.

To support the campaign go to: www.gogetfunding.com/mark-farrens-treatment-fund