REPUBLIC of Ireland international, James McClean, has started the ball rolling in the special appeal to aid his former Brandywell team-mate, Mark Farren.
McClean, who will finish the season with Wigan Athletic, has responded with a reported £1,000 donation to assist Farren, a Derry City legend, who hopes to receive special cancer treatment in Germany.
Farren, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Friday, has been battling cancer for the past six years.
Derry’s all-time top goalscorer with 113 strikes, had further surgery just a month ago and his family have now made an appeal through the Ireland’s Professional Footballers’ Association, to raise in the region of £25,000 which would enable him travel to a special cancer centre in Germany for further treatment.
In his most recent operation, surgeons removed over 80 per cent of a brain tumour but the player’s speech and mobility have been affected and a biopsy following that surgery indicated that the tumour was highly aggressive.
Derry City Football Club has now organised several fundraising activities and functions, centred on next Friday night’s match against Galway United at the Brandywell.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the PFA on behalf of Mark’s family, said his former team-mates Kevin McHugh, Ruaidhri Higgins and Ciaran Martyn would be leading a number of fund-raising activities over the coming weeks
“The six-week treatment programme is his best chance now of saving or at least prolonging his life,” added the Farren family’s statement.”
Treatment will cost approximately €30,000.