THE Polish community in Killarney, backed by people of several other nationalities as well as local businesses and individuals, is rallying to raise funds to help a seriously ill boy back home who needs massively expensive treatment to try to save his life.
Little Franek (Franio) Marcinkowski, who is just over a year old, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type I and his family has appealed for help to allow them to bring him to America for gene therapy treatment which could save him.
But the enormous costs involved are over €2 million and, in an effort to help, a group in Killarney has launched a series of online auctions with lots donated by local businesses and generous members of the community.
Items that are being auctioned on a special Facebook page include paintings, jewellery, designer clothing, hotel and restaurant vouchers, beauty treatments, household goods and toys.
The caring group in Killarney, spearheaded by group administrator Malgorzata Usiarczyk, is organising the fundraising drive and, in addition to urging the public to support the regular Facebook auctions, she has asked others in the business community to donate what they can to help fund the medical treatment opportunity.
But time is running out for toddler Franio for if he is to have any chance of survival, he needs to undergo the treatment before he reaches the age of two.
Anyone looking donate can do so by joining the Facebook group Auctions for Franio Marcinkowski.
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