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Swimming athlete battling rare cancer seeks to raise $120,000


Shawn Neely, a Bahamian National swimmer on scholarship in the US surpassed his initial medical expense of $50,000 and is now seeking to raise $120,000 as he fights cancer.

With assistance from family and friends, Neely has already raised over 56,000 and was recently released from a hospital in the US after a 2-month stay after undergoing intense chemotherapy.

“My body has responded relatively well to the chemotherapy, resulting in tumor shrinkage, and I’ve managed the symptoms fairly well.”

Neely is fighting stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma—cancer formed in the soft tissue, after an initial diagnosis of another rare cancer called Metastatic Paratesticular Rhabdomyosarcoma in July last year.

After a 4 month battle, doctors gave him a clean bill of health, after removing the mass which resulted in the loss of one of his testicles.

“However, life had other plans for me. Almost a year later, I began experiencing severe pain in my abdomen and had to be hospitalized.”

Doctors at Mofitt Cancer Center are hoping their plan of 14 rounds of chemotherapy and surgical procedure after the tumour is reduced will eradicate the cancer and he becomes free from the illness with life beyond 5 years.

“By contributing to this campaign, you will provide me the opportunity with the financial support I desperately need to continue fighting this rare cancer without the constant worry of crippling medical debt… Thank you from the depths of my heart for standing by me in this battle against cancer.”

Neely says your help and belief in me gives him strength, hope, and the determination to keep fighting so dive into a pool again.