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Team Up For Theo: Mother offers update on treatment in USA

Limerick mother Eleanor Murnane set up a GoFundMe page for her three-year-old son who was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma cancer.

Eleanor was concerned when she found a lump in her son’s lower abdomen, and also noticed his belly was quite swollen.

University Hospital Limerick later located a large tumour. Theo was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma cancer which had spread to his bones and his scalp.  The tumour has since been removed but with this type of cancer, the chance of recurrence is extremely high.

She raised €419,204 of the €375,000 target to get Theo to the United States to undergo treatment.

It was planned for Theo to take part in a clinical trial in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Cancer Centre in New York. This treatment could help prevent the cancer from recurring and be life-changing for Theo to increase his chances of survival.

However, it recently emerged that Theo currently does not meet the criteria to get on the trial in New York.

“We have been told we have to wait until Theo is six months cancer-free which will bring us to June 2021,” Eleanor said.

She added: “Theo will have another big scan in May and hopefully will still be clear so we can get on much anticipated, long road to New York. As several people have said to me, maybe this is a blessing in disguise with everything going on in the world at the moment, who knows?’

“Thanks to all of you the funds are in place for us to go, as soon as we get the go-ahead, again I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your continued support,” she concluded.

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