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Monday 20 August 2018

Brave teen Marc back home after life-saving cancer surgery in Texas

SUPPORT: Leinster players helping raise €1m for treatment

BRAVE teenager Marc Owens is back on home soil after life-saving surgery in a specialist centre in Texas.

The Leinster team rowed behind Marc's friends and family to help them in their quest to raise €1m for treatment.

The Belvedere College student had cancer surgery in early February at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston -- the only place in the world where he could receive the surgery needed to survive.

There were no warning signs for his condition -- just an acute stomach ache before suddenly his life was turned upside down.

Marc (18) was diagnosed with sarcoma just as he was about to embark on his Leaving Cert year.

The teenager has lost a quarter of his weight within the past month and had to halt the chemotherapy treatment for a period.

His two sisters, Aisling and Aoife, his aunts, cousins and friends are all rallying behind the effort to raise money by taking part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon.

"The family has been so humbled," his aunt Catherine Ronayne said. "We've had a huge support from parents at Belvedere College, Loreto on the Green, where his sisters are pupils, and his friends and extended family."

Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy came out in support of the fundraising for the teenager and Marc is now at home and being cared for in The Mater Hospital.

His parents, who have been updating a blog about his progress, thought that he had turned a corner but he has now contacted c.diff, colitis and another infection -- they are praying that he will pull through.

If you would like to donate and find out more see www. marcowensmedicalfund.com.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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