A GoFundMe campaign to help a Cork man who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease has already raised over €17,000 in just two days.
The campaign was set up by Jennifer O'Sullivan, on behalf of her friends Jackie and Jer Spillane.
Jer, who is from Kildorrery in Cork, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last November, at just 38 years of age.
Jer is married to Jackie and they have two small children, Noah (7) and Faye (4).
The GoFundMe page was set up to help the family renovate a house in Limerick, to be adapted for Jer's future needs.
Since he was diagnosed, Jer has not been able to return to work.
Knowing the complications motor neurone disease brings, Jackie will eventually become Jer’s carer and will have to leave her own job. This will leave the family on an extremely low income.
The family currently rent a semi-detached house in Mitchelstown, which will not be suitable for Jer’s needs.
They are in the process of renovating an old farmhouse in Kilbehenny in Limerick, where Jackie is from. The house is over 300 years old and hasn’t been lived in for a long time.
The family need a significant amount of money to make it livable and suitable for Jer but unfortunately, they cannot qualify for a mortgage or a big loan.
Jennifer O'Sullivan set up the fund and is appealing for the public to help the Spillane's.
"As close friends of Jackie and Jer, we are appealing to people to please help this family in any way that you can, to enable them to have a home as soon as possible where Jer can make the best of the rest of his life with his family and that all his needs will be catered for," said a message on the GoFundMe page.
"They are two beautiful people who have already had to endure illnesses and tragedies within their own families, so for this illness to be placed upon them is just heartbreaking."
So far, €17,712 has been donated by over 400 generous donors. The goal is to reach €40,000.
A link to the GoFundMe is here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/jer-spillane-fund