Young Irish man stranded in Canada after his cancer diagnosis ‘no longer’ has the option to return home

Returning to his native Ireland is “no longer an option” for a young Irishman with cancer stranded in Canada.

Luke Markey is currently being treated at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where he hopes to be well enough to return to his family in Dublin, but things have “changed dramatically”.

The 23-year-old boy was diagnosed with B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on January 14


The 23-year-old boy was diagnosed with B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma on January 14
Luke is being treated at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver


Luke is being treated at St Paul’s Hospital in VancouverCredit: Go Fund Me

The 23-year-old – who was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on January 14 – will now have to begin intensive treatment in Vancouver.

Luke’s friends had set up a fundraising campaign with a target of $70,000 CAD but the goal has now been set to $225,000 to help cover the cost of treatment in Canada.

Isobel, one of the fundraisers, said: “In the last 24 hours, things have changed dramatically for Luke and safe travel to Ireland is no longer an option for him.


“In the coming days, Luke will begin a 3-4 week intensive cancer treatment in Vancouver.

“This is not the cost we originally anticipated as we were hoping to get Luke home for treatment. Of course, it’s already among the existing medical bills.”

“At this difficult time, our hope is that this fundraising will mean that the financial burden won’t be something he or his family need to worry about.”

Isobel says they are “completely blown away” with the level of support they have received to help Luke so far.

She urged the public to donate “any amount possible” to help Luke’s family cover the cost of treatment.

She continued: “We are absolutely blown away by the support for Luke so far and appreciate every penny we’ve received.



LYMPHOMA is a cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the body’s defense network against germs.

According to MayoClinic, in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, white blood cells called lymphocytes grow abnormally and can form tumors (tumors) throughout the body.

B-cell lymphoma is a rare cancer that starts in white blood cells and attacks the skin.

It can form as a nodule under the skin that may be the same color as your skin or may be pink or purple.

Treatment options may include radiation therapy, surgery to remove the cancer, or chemotherapy.

“If you can, please continue to share the link in personal groups, on social media or anywhere else you think might have an impact, any donation of any amount. will all make a difference.

“We’ll continue to keep you guys updated on Luke’s progress, sending lots of love to you all!”

The campaign has raised a whopping $81,070 so far but is a long way from reaching its goal.

Everyone can donate to GoFundMe to help Luke cover the cost of treatment.


Earlier, campaign organizer Kristine said: “On January 14, 2022, Luke was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“His bubbly personality has made him very popular in the community and stick with many of you by more than a liter in his natural habitat, known as the Donnelanns.

“When he’s not out with his friends, you can see him running along the breakwater or making an impact on Wreck Beach.

“Luke’s treatment has so far proven very expensive and is expected to increase dramatically in the coming days.

“Please help Luke and his family in any way you can. It’s going to be a long journey ahead, and we both hope that the financial burden is something they won’t need to worry about.” Young Irish man stranded in Canada after his cancer diagnosis ‘no longer’ has the option to return home

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