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.
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).
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.
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