The family of Mark Farren have appealed for vital funds to help the former Derry City and Glenavon striker undergo potentially life-saving treatment.
Farren – who underwent a third bout of surgery for a brain tumour one month ago – is seeking medical assistance from an elite cancer centre in Germany.
The six-week treatment programme is the 37-year-old’s best chance of saving or at least prolonging his life. Treatment will cost approximately £25,000.
In a statement, Farren’s family said: “Mark’s third surgery took place a month ago and surgeons removed 80-90% of a tumour. The invasive nature of the procedure has had a stunting effect on his speech and mobility. The biopsy which followed has indicated that the tumour is a grade 4, meaning it’s highly aggressive.
“Being no stranger to thinking outside the box, Mark is seeking medical assistance from an elite cancer centre in Germany. The six week treatment programme is his best chance of saving or at least prolonging his life. Treatment will cost approximately €30,000.
“This is the one goal with which Mark needs our help, any contribution is greatly appreciated.
“Over the coming weeks there will be a number of fundraising activities led by Mark’s former teammates, Kevin McHugh, Ruaidhri Higgins and Ciaran Martyn, along with PFA Ireland and other sporting bodies, including Mark’s former clubs Derry City and Glenavon.”
On Friday night, Farren’s former Derry City team-mate and current Republic of Ireland international James McClean was reported to have pledged £1,000 for the fund.
Donegal man Farren was named the League of Ireland players’ player of the year in 2005 and went on to become Derry’s record goal-scorer in 2012 before joining Glenavon in 2013.
Anyone interested in donating can check out the link: http://gogetfunding.com/project/mark-farrens-treatment-fund