Team up for Theo – Theo pictured above has cancer and needs to get to New York for a lifesaving clinical trial
We are asking Limerick to Team up for Theo
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy
Team up for Theo is a fundraiser to help raise much needed funds to send a three year old boy named Theo, who has cancer, to New York for a lifesaving clinical trial. The fundraiser has been set up by friends of Theo’s mother, Eleanor Murnane, who desperately needs your help.
In April 2017, Theo arrived with a much longed for and healthy baby. On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, two weeks after little Theo’s first birthday, Eleanor felt a lump in his abdomen and was concerned that his belly was quite swollen and so took him to their GP.
They were immediately sent to University Hospital Limerick where they found a large tumour in Theo’s abdomen. He was then taken by ambulance to Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Dublin, where he was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, cancer that had spread to his bones and scalp. By Saturday morning he was having chemotherapy and his mother’s world had turned upside down and fallen apart before her little boy was even two years old.
Since then, Theo has had his tumour removed and gone through numerous rounds of chemotherapy, a double stem cell transplant, fourteen rounds of radiotherapy, and six rounds of immunotherapy. He has suffered setbacks along the way, including two very serious infections which had him admitted to Intensive Care. Eleanor has come scarily close to losing her little boy several times, but Theo has defied all odds and battled through it. Right now, he is just about to finish his last round of immunotherapy, after which the family is hopeful for a clear scan. Theo is now three and has been in treatment for the last two and a half years.
Unfortunately, with the type of cancer that Theo has, the chance of recurrence is extremely high. Theo’s mother is asking for your help to get Theo on a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Cancer Centre in New York.
This trial will help prevent the cancer from recurring and greatly improve Theo’s chances of survival. Theo deserves a long, healthy life free from pain and fear. Unfortunately, time is not on their side, as Theo needs to be in New York by January 2021 so the family urgently needs your help with this. They need to raise €375,000.
My colleague @RuthO_Connor is helping to raise money for Theo, a boy from our local village who needs treatment for neuroblastoma in New York. Please share and donate if you can!! @teamupfortheo Team up for Theo https://t.co/jSlddgzjhV
— Amira (@Amira_etc) November 18, 2020
Speaking on this Eleanor, Theo’s mum, said, “The last two years have been incredibly tough, especially as a single parent. I have learned first-hand how precious life really is and how quickly it can all be taken away. I will forever be grateful for the love and kindness from people who have sent thoughts, prayers, and good wishes, even those we’ve never even met. And, of course, we are forever indebted to the wonderful staff in Crumlin Hospital and University Hospital Limerick, who have become a family to us.”
“I think the hardest part of cancer treatment is at the end when everyone assumes you’re cured, and you no longer need their help. This isn’t true. Believe me, this is when you’re at your absolute weakest. I have laid my child in a surgeon’s arms and spent Christmas keeping watch over him in ICU. I have slept upright in a hospital chair and listened to the beeping of machines. I have smiled through the tears and found strength when there wasn’t any left. I have done it all for Theo, who is at the end of the day just a very normal, very precious boy, full of mischief, quick to smile, and a big fan of Tractor Ted and Paw Patrol. Today, I need my friends and community to help me give Theo the best future he can have.”
Any help you can give this mother and her son will help them greatly and be much appreciated by them.
To donate to the GoFundMe for Team up for Theo, go HERE
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