Cancer survivor sets sights on charity goal

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A DAD who beat cancer after being one of the first patients to use a new drug is determined to raise funds so others can receive the same treatment.

Mark O’Callaghan, 46, was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukaemia in February 2010 after discovering lumps on his neck.

Within days he was taken to a hospital in Oxford where he was offered a newly available drug called rituximab, which had been approved by the European Commission just weeks earlier.

The father-of-three then underwent an intensive course of treatment before being given the all clear in February this year. And now he’s arranged an all-star charity football match to raise money for the Julian Starmer-Smith Lymphoma Fund.

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