Jango donates a whop­ping €30,700 to Aoib­heann’s Pink Tie af­ter char­ity pledge

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

Even while fight­ing for his life, Colin ‘Jango’ Fleming from Cool­gre­any man­aged to raise a to­tal of €30,700 for Aoib­heann’s Pink Tie Char­ity.

In Au­gust, Colin, who has acute myeloid leukaemia, was told by doc­tors that he only had a few weeks to live and de­cided to make a char­ity pledge in aid of the na­tional chil­dren’s cancer char­ity by raf­fling off his three-day Elec­tric Pic­nic ticket through an ‘ev­ery­day­hero’ web­page be­fore pass­ing away.

The orig­i­nal plan was to shut down the page once Colin passed and have his three kids donate the money in his mem­ory, but mirac­u­lously Colin has been given a sec­ond chance at life and do­nated the cheque last week with help from county Wex­ford hurler Conor McDon­ald, for­mer Ire­land soc­cer star Paul McGrath and heavy­weight boxer Niall ‘Basil’ Kennedy.

The mo­ti­va­tion to keep go­ing was sparked by young five year old Joseph Master­son who has leukaemia and still has another two and a half years of chemo left to go.

‘He is the rea­son why I raised this money,’ said Colin. ‘I hate to see kids like Joe suf­fer, it is not fair.’

De­scribed as a walk­ing mir­a­cle by those who know Colin, he was rushed into St James’ Hospi­tal in Dublin af­ter fall­ing ex­tremely ill one week af­ter re­ceiv­ing the dev­as­tat­ing news in Au­gust. He thought that was the end and had ac­cepted death, but two weeks later he came off the mor­phine and drugs and started to come around.

Colin said he had a diary with fu­neral ar­range­ments, mem­ory boxes for his kids and talks with is wife Scha­lan on what to say to the el­dest child once the time came to pass­ing away.

‘I can’t ex­plain it, the doc­tors think the last round of chemo and treat­ment just fi­nally kicked in,’ said Colin.

‘My bloods are fi­nally good enough to have the bone mar­row trans­plant on De­cem­ber 18.’

Colin ‘Jango’ Fleming with Joseph Master­son.

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