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Thousands of pounds raised for mother of five's cancer treatment

Thousands of pounds were raised within two days to give mother-of-five, Sonya Hamilton McCloskey a "fighting chance" against cancer.
Seamus McKinney

THOUSANDS of pounds have been donated within just two days to help a young Co Donegal mother-of-five access life saving cancer treatment.

Sonya Hamilton McCloskey (35) - who is originally from St Johnston close to the Derry border but lives with husband Michael in Ballybofey – has been fighting cancer for the past two years.

The businesswoman, who gave up work to look after her children who are aged from three to 15, first thought she had pulled a muscle.

Following various treatments for the pain, it was confirmed in April this year that she had cancer. It was later discovered that the disease had spread to her pancreas, lungs and liver.

Following a number of weeks separated from her four youngest children in an oncology ward, Mrs Hamilton McCloskey was transferred to Galway Hospital last Tuesday to have a stent inserted into her liver.

Unable to undergo chemotherapy she now hopes that UK-based specialists Oncologica will be able to provide a course of treatment which will give her a “fighting chance” against her illness.

The Donegal woman’s family set up a GoFundMe page last Wednesday hoping to raise the €2,000 (£1,785) necessary to cover the cost of having biopsies sent to Oncologica for analysis.

However, nothing could have prepared them for the public reaction to her appeal. Within just two days, a massive €36,000 (£32,139) was raised through the GoFundMe page and other donations.

The family has been overwhelmed by the support shown by the public. One man alone donated €5,000 (£4,464).

In a message issued from her hospital bed in Galway, Mrs Hamilton McCloskey and her husband thanked everyone who had donated, giving her some hope.

Her parents also took to social media to thank those who have donated.

In a post on the Sonya’s Struggle Facebook page, they wrote: “From the Hamilton family we would like to thank everyone for their support in these hard times. Sonya is one that brings our family together.”

They said their daughter had a heart of gold.

“We couldn’t ask for a better daughter. Keep on fighting dear,” they said.

Mrs Hamilton McCloskey’s Gofundme page can be accessed at

Mum-of-five, Sonya Hamilton McCloskey and her husband, Michael sent a message of thanks from her hospital bed at Galway hospital.

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