Hundreds, including Irish footballers Seamus Coleman and James McClean, donate to Mark Farren fundraising drive

imageIrish footballers Seamus Coleman and James McClean are among those who have donated to former Derry City striker Mark Farren's fundraising drive for cancer treatment.

Farren's family have made a public appeal for funds to allow the 33-year-old undergo medical treatment that will give him a chance of surviving serious illness.

Former Derry City and Finn Harps player Mark Farren has been battling a life-threatening condition for six years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour that halted his football career.

Remarkably, the Donegal native made a comeback from that setback to become Derry's all-time top scorer in 2012 and then joined Glenavon in the Irish League before his problems returned.

To date, €32,000 has been raised as the football community has rallied behind Farren's need for treatment, with a significant financial boost from the two Irish internationals.

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman donated £5,000 yesterday, while McClean, who played with Farren during his time with the Candystripes, donated £1,000.