Shaun Hilmi, brother of senior panalist Craig, played hurling and Gaelic football for Nenagh Éire Óg, a regular tennis player and a talented athlete with Nenagh Athletics Club.
In recent months he started to feel discomfort in his hip which, unfortunately, has been diagnosed as Ewings Sarcoma Cancer, a rare condition that only affects 2.93 people out of a million. This aggressive disease has already spread to his lungs and a ten-centimetre tumour has been discovered on his right glute muscle, which was lying on a nerve which has caused him immense pain.
Shaun will have to undergo six cycles of chemotherapy, surgery and possibly radium. That’s without including the physiotherapy sessions and rehabilitation he will have to complete after his treatment to get back 100%. Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, money talks! Shaun’s treatment will be very expensive and which he needs to give him the best possible chance of making a full recovery.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up and we are asking the GAA community to come together and help Shaun complete his journey back to full fitness.
All donations, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated by Shaun and the Hilmi family.
His cousin Jake Morris and Celtic FC star Barry Coffey has started a 30 second plank campaign to raise funds while Republic of Ireland soccer star Shane Long has sent his best wishes. You can follow Shaun’s journey on Instagram.