PROMISING young rugby star Alex Clancy is one to watch given his performances with Young Munster and Crescent Comprehensive.
Also a star performer off the field, Alex is currently waging a brave health battle, having recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
But clubs, teammates, friends, and family, are all rallying behind Alex on his journey.
An iDonate page raising funds to support the 15-year-old has raised more than €47,000 to help the family over the time of the treatment.
Last week, Young Munster staged a Friendship Cup fundraiser at their grounds and added more than €10,000 to the pot.
Young Munster and the Crescent faced off, while the Limerick Leprechauns, rugby coaches, friends, teachers, and parents all joined in the fray.
His teammates wore jerseys with the message “We are with you Alex” emblazoned on the back.
The entry fee to the grounds was added to the proceeds of raffles, fun events, and food, which were all sponsored.
Linda Kelly, a friend of the family and parent involved with Young Munster said that while Alex is in very capable hands on his journey in Crumlin Hospital, “he has to get treatment five times a week so his parents have had to stop work to be with him in Dublin”.
“There’s a lot of costs involved. The bills still have to be paid even when the focus is on Alex and his treatment journey,” she told the Limerick Post.
Alex was has undergone surgery to remove the tumour and is now undergoing chemotherapy.
Support for Alex and his family has been astounding, initially set up with a goal of €5,000 in late March, the iDonate page has met the target nine-fold with standing at more than €47,000 at time of going to print.
As well as the donations, people have been leaving their messages of support for Alex, with one group saying: “Alex, you are in our thoughts and prayers. You’ve got this.”
Another said: “Thinking of you all, stay strong Alex, the whole of Limerick is behind you.”
Donations can be made here