Dublin senior hurlers, Joey Boland and Tomas Brady took time out of their busy training schedule last weekend to show their support for the Marc Owens Medical Fund. They are wearing the blue tribute wristbands which volunteers will be selling around Croke Park this Sunday as supporters arrive for the Leinster hurling finals game against Kilkenny (both minor and senior).
The two hurlers play for Na Fianna CLG, the Glasnevin club where Marc Owens learned to love sport. The eighteen year old was just about to embark on his final year in Belvedere College, when he was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of cancer.
There were no warning signs: just an acute stomach ache and suddenly this happy, sports mad teenage was a cancer patient with very poor prospects. His doctors sent him to the MD Anderson Cancer Care Clinic in Houston for cutting edge, life saving surgery last February. After many complications, set-backs and not a little pain, Marc returned home in May and for the moment, he is continuing his treatment in the Mater Hospital. He will have to go back to the United States periodically for further surgery and treatment.
To help fund the enormous cost of Marc’s ongoing treatment, a Fund has been set up to raise €1 million over the next three years. In less than three months, €200,000 has already been raised through various fund raising activities.
Last Sunday alone, the Fund raised €10,000 from the sale of wrist bands to the fans attending the Dublin v Kildare match. A number of Dublin players wore the blue bands during the game.
This Sunday, the senior and minor hurlers will be togging out in support of Marc and will play their part in encouraging their followers to buy the tribute bands which cost €3, from the enthusiastic team of teenagers who will swarm around Croke Park before the game. The Fund hopes to keep up the campaign momentum throughout the championship.
Marc is a sports fanatic: he follows the Dubs and Leinster. “Marc is facing the kind of challenge that puts all other challenges into perspective. We all need to rally around him to ensure he can get the best medical care in the world to help him along the way.”
For more information call Cathy Herbert 087 2395393 or see websitehttp://www.marcowensmedicalfund.com