Video: Public Raises Thousands So Irish Teenager Can Get Life-Save Treatment
After an Irish teenager with a rare form of cancer posted a tearful video explaining her harrowing situation, tens of thousands of people donated hundreds of thousands of dollars so that she can get the life-saving treatment she needs.
In 2015, Shauntelle Tynan was diagnosed with multi-system Langheran’s cell histiocytosis. This type of cancer is so rare that there is only one specialist in the world. Doctors in Ireland have done their best to keep her alive, but she needs to see the specialist in Houston to have a fair chance at survival.
To get to Texas and cover all of her health care costs for a full year, Shauntelle needs €500k (roughly $528,000). A GoFundMe page was started to raise the money, and Shauntelle received a lot of help from her community but still fell short of what she needed.
In one last effort to raise the money, Shauntelle poured her heart out in a YouTube video explaining her situation in great detail.
The response to the video has been overwhelming. In less than 48 hours since the video was posted, more than €475k (roughly $450,000) has been donated, far surpassing the goal of €500k.
As you can imagine, Shauntelle has been shocked by the vast amount of money raised on her behalf in such a short period of time.
“The people of Ireland have truly came together to help me get better and for that I’m truly thankful,” she wrote on Facebook. “The good always outshines the bad and I now have a true chance at beating this and it is all down to all who shared, commented and donated.”
Leona Tynan, Shauntelle’s mom, says she’s been “blown away” at how fast the support has come. “I haven’t stopped crying, I haven’t slept,” Leona says. “We live in a mighty little country and I can’t believe that people have been so good.”
Shauntelle’s campaign is the largest crowd-funding campaign Ireland has ever seen. As a result, she can now travel to Houston at the end of March and receive the treatment she needs to save her life.
Her battle is far from over, as Shauntelle will travel to Houston on her own to undergo treatment for a year with the hope of putting her into remission. But thanks to the generosity of so many people, she now has a fighting chance.