Brian Slattery was diagnosed with Metastatic Colorectal Cancer in July last year and after beating the disease the first time around he now has another battle on his hands.
Earlier this year Brian and his family got the dreaded news that the cancer had returned and spread to his liver and close to his spine – despite this Brian’s positive attitude and cheeky sense of humour has remained.
Brian’s brother, Brendan, explained that the family set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for a drug that has not yet been approved by the HSE but could prove life-saving for the Aylesbury man.
Over the last year Brian has had radiation and chemotherapy, followed by a bowel resection surgery to remove the tumour and has again started chemotherapy.
Recently the family received more bad news when Brian’s Oncology Consultant told the family that chemotherapy is an interim measure, which will not actually make Brian better, but identified the drug Pembrolizumab which he described as “optimal for Brian’s survival”.
Brian’s siblings, Brendan, Roisin and Lorna, have been driving the fundraising efforts – with local people donating more than €38,000 in a single day.
Brendan said: “We have been blown away by the support from everyone who has donated. Raising over 30k in 24 hours is unbelievable. The whole of Tallaght seems to be behind him it’s mind blowing. It just goes to show how popular he is.”
The 28-year-old has received lots of well wishes and donations from across the country since the fund opened yesterday but the family still have €100,000 to go to reach their goal.
They are aiming to raise €140,000 to ensure that Brian has access to the drug which is not available through the HSE and they hope that he will be able to continue his treatment in Tallaght Hospital and the Hermitage Clinic – as he has “nothing but good things to say” about both hospitals.
Brian has been “overwhelmed” by the support he has received from his dedicated and close-knit family, friends and even strangers – which he said gives him hope for the future.
Brendan described his younger brother as a “role model” to his niece and nephews who “adore” their playful and kind-hearted uncle.
He added: “It’s been a tough 12 months but we are all behind Brian. Nothing else matters right now. Brian’s positive attitude to tackle this head on drives us on. Not once has he moaned or complained about his situation, it’s incredible.
“He has been an inspiration to all of us with how he has dealt with all of this and we truly admire him and his strength throughout this whole nightmare.”
In addition to the Go Fund Me campaign – details of which can be found here; https://www.gofundme.com/brianslattery – there are also a number of other fundraising initiatives taking place to raise money for Brian’s treatment.
***BGRF Fundraiser for Brian Slattery***
When: Wednesday 24th May
Time: 7.30pm to… https://t.co/QZ0tyfZIl1
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