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Monday 19 August 2019

Fans to put rivalries aside for fundraiser for cancer patient John

John Holmes from Kilkenny has been fighting cancer since 2012
John Holmes from Kilkenny has been fighting cancer since 2012

There's hopes that the old rivalry between Wexford and our neighbours Kilkenny will be put to one side, albeit temporarily, at the gates of Innovate Wexford Park ahead of their Leinster Senior Hurling Championship clash, for a very good cause.

A collection will be made on the day for Kilkenny father of two John Holmes who is seeking to raise funds to continue lifesaving 'Pembro' cancer treatment. A former employee at CJ O'Loughlin, John was diagnosed with cancer back in 2012 and has been battling it ever since, undergoing several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Having received one of the most comprehensive precision oncology tests out there, Pembrolizumab (Pembro) treatment was recommended to give John the best chance of surviving cancer.

The heartbreaking reality though is that it comes at a cost. John requires 30 doses at €5,111 every three weeks - a total cost of over €150,000.

To date John has had 10 treatments and is responding very well.

'He's doing brilliant at the moment,' said friend Kieran Conway.

'His consultants are very happy with him and the tumours are now much smaller. His quality of life is much better and it's the best he's been in the past seven years.'

Kieran's friends, who have done a huge amount of fundraising work, are hopeful that the people of Wexford will show their support and contribute some money to the cause on the gate at Wexford Park on June 15.

Alternatively, you can contribute via GoFundMe by searching for 'John Needs Pembro'.

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