Mary O to embark on new cancer treatment thanks to incredible fundraising campaign

December 5, 2016

A Cullyhanna woman whose brave battle against cancer prompted her close-knit community to launch a vigorous fundraising campaign on her behalf, will soon be embarking on her first privately funded treatment in Manchester.

Forty three year old Mary Sheridan-O’Reilly, had just finished a year-long treatment for breast cancer – having been diagnosed on her 42nd birthday in May last year – when she was told the disease had returned.    Mary and her husband Gerard, a well-known and popular couple, are parents to six children and this latest heartache to visit their young family has been widely felt by their close friends and neighbours.  As a way of offering support, a campaign aimed at raising £25,000 was launched in June this year  to help pay for cancer treatment not available locally and help ease their financial burden.

It was clear very quickly that the Mary O fund had an extraordinary amount of support from friends and extended family ready to do whatever they could for Mary. The initial target was speedily exceeded and Mary has been so humbled by the generosity of everyone involved with the campaign, including strangers from near and far.

After six months of successful charity events and appeals, the “There’s Something about Mary O” fundraising team are delighted to announce that in total, approximately £80,000 has been raised throughout the entire project.

Speaking to The Examiner about the remarkable total, friend and fundraising team member, Ellen Waters, conveyed her thanks, on behalf of Mary and her family, for the incredible support they have received so far. She explained that Mary now has many more treatment options available to her because of the fund and added,

“Without the help of our amazing community, this treatment would not be available and we are just so grateful that this opportunity has been given to Mary.

“It has been a challenging but fun summer with so many activities organised for all the family and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we have and that all involved feel as proud of our community as we do.

“The peace of mind that Mary and her family feel really is immeasurable! As usual Mary inspires us with her positive attitude and we wish her all the best with her future treatments.”

To keep up-to-date with Mary’s progress and continued fundraising initiatives, please visit “There’s Something About Mary O” on Facebook.