In less than two weeks time Derry City F.C. legend, Mark Farren, will travel with wife Terri-Louise to Tijuana in Mexico where he will receive specialist cancer/brain tumour treatment.
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,” said Terri Louise.
Mark, Terri Louise and Sinead will travel to Belfast next Monday where they will stay overnight before catching a morning flight to New York on Tuesday morning.
“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.
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 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.
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 to the Mark Farren Treatment Fund visit http://gogetfunding.com/mark-farrens-treatment-fund/