Derry mum thanks ‘absolute gentleman’ James McClean

Little four year-old, Darragh McCleary.
Little four year-old, Darragh McCleary.

The mother of a Derry girl with a rare form of cancer has thanked Republic of Ireland star, James McClean, for donating £1,000 to help pay for specialist treatment in America.

Sharon McCleary’s four year-old daughter, Darragh, has rhabdomyosarcoma and is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment but has been accepted to undergo specialist proton therapy in Florida.

Sharon and Darragh are both from the Rosemount area of the city. Rhabdomyosarcoma affects less than 60 children a year in Britain.

McClean, 27, is currently preparing for the European Championships in France with the rest of the Republic of Ireland squad.

“I received a message to say James was trying to get in contact with me, then I received a text from James himself saying he was sorry to hear about Darragh and that he would like to donate the money and a signed jersey,” explained Sharon.

“I thanked him and he said he was glad he could help and that he would keep Darragh in his prayers.

“I was shocked at first, then really overwhelmed that he offered to do such a great thing. James is an absolute gentleman and I will be forever grateful to him and everybody else that has helped us along the way, the support has been amazing. I can’t thank everybody enough.”

If you would like to help Darragh you can donate by visiting