Good news for Ross and he’s hoping for better

Fundraising for phase two: Ross Hurley and his wife Janine

A FUNDRAISING event to support a Killarney man fighting an ongoing battle with cancer is to be held in the town this Thursday morning.

A coffee morning in Revive Café and Wine Bar on New Street – from 9.30am to 11.30am – will generate donations for Ross Hurley to allow him to gain access to specialist treatment overseas to help him to overcome pancreatic cancer.

The 39-year-old married father of one was diagnosed in October of last year and underwent major surgery in Cork University Hospital which necessitated the removal of his gallbladder, duodenum, quarter of his stomach and the head of the pancreas.

Ross recovering from major surgery in CUH late last year

But Ross – originally from St Brendan’s Place in Killarney but now living in Callinafercy – fully realised that the odds of his long-term survival were still very slim without further medical intervention.

Research pointed to the possibility of undergoing CAR-T-Cell therapy to improve his odds and he has already spent 21 days in Bangkok undergoing immunotherapy treatment

“It went really well and I got good news in June regarding the improvements I had made. And I hope to go back out in January for the second phase of the treatment,” Ross told KillarneyToday.com.

But the costs are enormous and Ross and his wife, Janine, hope to raise up to €15,000 to finance the trip, with €7,500 already generated.

They have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs which includes stem cell storage, travel, accommodation and living expenses. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/phase-2-treatment-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

Ross and Janine are hoping for a big turnout at Revive this Thursday morning and they have extended an open invitation to all.

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