Plea to support Tipperary baby fighting cancer

GoFundMe page set up to support Tipperary baby fighting leukemia.


A Tipperary couple have been “blown away” by the support their son has received in his fight with cancer.  

Nicola Skehan and James Doran’s son Mikey was born on 13th December last, but ten weeks later was diagnosed with leukemia.

A GoFundMe was set up to support the family, who have dedicated themselves to helping charities raise funds after they lost Mikey’s brother Seán to childhood cancer in 2016 at the age of five. “That was the day our world fell apart. We find every day without Seán very hard. We will never forget him. His big brother Dylan talks about him a lot and you can see how much he misses him,” Nicola says.

“Seàn was three years old when he was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March 2014. He had to go through around 18 months of treatment which included lots of scans, chemotherapy, surgery, blood transfusions, stem cell transplant and immunotherapy. Seán did really well throughout his treatment - he was such a strong and brave little boy. We were so proud of him.

“It was very hard and it broke our hearts to see all that he had to go through, but nothing seemed to phase our little boy. We were hoping Seán would get into remission, but unfortunately in May 2015 Seán relapsed with a tumour in his eye socket and his bones. We knew relapse wasn't good, but we still hoped and believed that Seán would be okay. We made lots of memories with Seán. He did so much in his short little life.

“Our little rainbow baby Mikey will know everything about his brother Seán as he grows up. Nothing or nobody could ever replace Seán, but Mikey will surely keep us busy and keep us on our toes and give us and his big brother lots of joy,” Nicola continues.

Mikey recently came out of ICU and started chemotherapy. Over €10,000 has been raised to date to support the Thurles family, with the funds helping to pay for fuel to travel up and down to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, €10 per night for a family room in the Ronald McDonald House, Mikey’s big brother Dylan's trips to Dublin to see him, household bills, food and supplies for Mikey. “We would like everyone to know how grateful we are. We are just blown away,” Nicola and James add.

Mikey recently came out of ICU and started chemotherapy.

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