Mooncoin Midnight Walk for Vicky Phelan this Friday

All proceeds will go towards the mother of two's treatment costs

Darren Hassett

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Darren Hassett

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darren.hassett@kilkennypeople.ie

Midnight Walk in Mooncoin for Kilkenny native taking  cancer fight to America

Vicky Phelan

The Mooncoin Midnight Walk will take place on Friday, April 6 for a Kilkenny native facing a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Given just 12 months to live by her oncologists, Vicky Phelan set up a GoFundMe page which has raised over €160,000 since February 13 of this year to help pay for treatment.

Vicky – who currently lives in Annacotty in Limerick but is originally from Mooncoin– needs the money to meet the exorbitant costs of a clinical trial in the US. 

The fundraiser for her will take place midnight from the Rose of Mooncoin Car Park.

All proceeds will go to the Vicky Phelan Fund and there will be music, refreshments and a raffle on the night. 

Registration is from 9.30pm.

€10 for registration and children are free once accompanied by an adult.

Vicky, who is married to Jim and is mother to Amelia, 12, and Darragh, 7, was first diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2014, but following an aggressive course of radiation and chemotherapy, was given the all-clear late that year.

A routine scan in November last year, however, showed a large mass of lymph nodes around her aorta, which is inoperable.

But Vicky did not give up fighting the cancer. 

A doctor told Vicky the Maryland trial was an excellent one to get on to if she could, but pointed out that one of the drugs it used, pembrolizumab, was what she should really be chasing.

She has struggled to get that drug here in Ireland. 

To donate to Vicky’s GoFundMe page, visit www.gofundme.com/savevickyphelan