KILLARNEY man Ross Hurley has one wish for the new year – he hopes to gain access to specialist treatment that can help him overcome pancreatic cancer and save his life.
The 38-year-old married father of one was diagnosed last October and he has already undergone major surgery in Cork University Hospital which necessitated the removal of his gallbladder, duodenum, quarter of his stomach and the head of the pancreas.
But Ross – originally from St Brendan’s Place in Killarney but now living in Callinafercy with his wife, Nina – fully realises that the odds of his long-term survival are very slim.
“According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the five-year survival rate is seven per cent and that means that only seven out of 100 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five. This was terrifying news,” he told KillarneyToday.com.
Ross insists that he is refusing to become another statistic at a time when medicine is on the brink of so many breakthroughs and extensive research he has conducted has pointed to the possibility of undergoing CAR-T-Cell therapy which could drastically improve his odds of survival.
Ross, who has a 19-year-old son, plans to arrange IV infusions to help boost his immune system before ultimately undergoing immunotherapy in Bangkok.
But the costs are enormous and Ross and Nina have set up a GoFundMe page with an ultimate target of raising €180,000, with €32,000 required for his first treatment which includes stem cell storage, travel, accommodation and living expenses for up to two months.
“Time is of the essence and we need these funds to move forward and give Ross a greater chance at life,” said Nina.
“Ross is a very caring, loving husband and father who always wants people around him to be happy, even at his own expense.
“Anyone who has met Ross knows him to be very giving of his time and energy. I know for a fact that Ross has touched the lives of many in very positive ways,” she added.
“Without funding Ross will not get this lifesaving therapy and our family’s future will be very uncertain,” Nina remarked.
Close on €5,000 has already been pledged to the GoFundMe page. To donate click here: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/help-raise-treatment-funds-for-Ross.
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