Galway hurler Joe Canning has launched a fundraising campaign which has so far raised almost €10,000 for two great causes.
His original goal was to raise €5,000, but almost twice that amount has been raised in just three days – and donations are still flooding in.
Do it for Dan is a fundraising campaign for a boy who was diagnosed with a rare genetic neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 and Scoliosis.
The life expectancy of an SMA Type 1 child is 18 to 24 months.
On 7 January this year, Dan began a new medication called Spinraza which is the only available treatment in Ireland.
It doesn’t cure SMA Type 1, but it can delay or reduce the symptoms.
However, there is a ground-breaking treatment called Zolgensma, currently only available in USA and costs 2.1 million dollars for a once off infusion.
Studies show that Zolgensma can substantially improve quality of life and survival of this horrific disease.
Over 1.6 million euro has been raised for Dan on its official fundraising page from 75,000 donations.