Adam who will turn 2 next month was diagnosed late last fall with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer that usually afflicts teenagers. He is currently undergoing an intensive course of chemotherapy at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin to shrink a tumor on his lower jawbone. The surgery in the United States will remove his jawbone replacing it with a bone from his leg.
Adam was supposed in be in Boston already. “He had a little bit of infection, so he couldn’t go,” said quiz organizer and family friend Sinead McBreen. “Boston is literally waiting for him.”
The toddler is now expected to fly out this Sunday. It was originally thought he would fly back to Ireland not long after his surgery, but it’s believed that he will stay in Boston for the aftercare.
The prognosis wasn’t initially good when he was first diagnosed, but Boston Children’s Hospital is confident that Adam can be fully cured of cancer.
McBreen said that many other fundraising events have been organized for the little boy. For instance, several hundred people turned out recently for a walk in Shercock.
One of the top prizes at Friday’s quiz benefit was a jersey donated by Manchester City superstar goalkeeper Shay Given worn during the Ireland game against Bulgaria on Saturday at Croke Park.
To make a donation go to www.adamclerkin.com.