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Shauntelle Tynan from Co. Carlow was diagnosed with multi-system Langheran cell histiocytosis, a rare cancer, in 2015.

The then 18-year-old's only hope was experimental treatment at a children's hospital in Texas, which would cost €500,000. 

In a bid to raise the much-needed funds, Shauntelle made a heart-wrenching video, which subsequently went viral. 

Incredibly, €750K was raised for the young woman's treatment.

Now, two years later, Shauntelle has been declared cancer free, and is technically NAD (No Active Disease).

"We are so lost for words right now but wanted you all to know that my journey of active cancer has come to a close and we hope it remains that way!" Shan wrote on Facebook.

"The future obstacles I will face will be worth everything I've been through. Now I truly have a chance at life and will keep you all updated to how I grow in the future. Next stop is ringing that bell I've watched so many kids ring when they got to cancer free, something we never thought I'd do!

"I'm sure you're all going to hear it from Ireland, I'll keep you all updated over the next few weeks with everything going on, but for now, I will finish this post here and also include a short video below of this long journey."

Shan will have to travel back to Texas every 3-6 months initially, and then yearly for the rest of her life. She will also remain on oral chemo as maintenace for the next 12-18 months, with care secured for her here in Ireland.

The young woman will arrive back in Ireland on October 18th. 

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18-year-old Shauntelle Tynan from Carlow made a heart-wrenching plea via viral video for funding for her rare form of cancer, and in 36 hours the remaining funding was raised.

The total came to €675,155, above and beyond the necessary €500,000.

Shan was diagnosed with multi-system Langheran’s cell histiocytosis in May 2015, and since then, her community has been funding her specialist treatment at theTexas Children’s Hospital. 

In the video, which has been viewed over 50,000 times, the teen explained how her disorder is unable to be treated in the EU and Ireland due to a lack of knowledge about the type of cancer, so she must seek help from a specialist in Texas, which means she does not qualify for the HSE’s Treatment Abroad Scheme.

The Carlow teen took to Facebook to profusely thank everyone who has donated to her cause, which may very well save her life. 

"The last 38 hours has been a place of love and the people of Ireland have truly came together to help me get better and for that I'm truly thankful. There has been few haters but millions of lovers and each person showing positivity helps us through each day and we are truly over the moon," she said. 

"The good always outshines the bad and I now have a true chance at beating this and it is all down to all who shared, commented and donated. I am so excited for my little brother and sister to come home from school to hear that I have made enough to go to Texas."

The teen has been documenting her treatment and lifestyle on YouTube for the past year, but the latest video pushed the public into action and secured the final funding for her treatment.

The funds were raised by 26,872 people over the last 5 months, but many of the donations came in since her video went viral.

“We thought there was a virus or something wrong because every time we looked at the Go Fund Me it was just going up. There was just thousands and thousands,” she told the Irish Times.

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If you watch any video on the internet today, it should be this one.

18-year-old Shauntelle Tynan from Carlow has made a heart-wrenching plea via viral video for funding for her rare form of cancer.

Shan was diagnosed with multi-system Langheran’s cell histiocytosis in May 2015, and since then, her community has been funding her specialist treatment at theTexas Children’s Hospital. 

The teen does not qualify for the HSE’s Treatment Abroad Scheme as her treatment was sought outside of Europe, so it is not supported by the Irish government.

In a powerful and emotional video posted to YouTube, the teen explains that doctors in the EU do not know enough her particular type of cancer to treat it, so she has to be treated in the US.

The teen has been documenting her treatment and lifestyle on YouTube for the past year, and her latest video is incredibly poignant.

"Travelling to Texas comes with a price, but we always seem to get there thanks to the amazing support in our community, but recently we have learned that we're going to have to move to Texas for at least a year, and that's me on my own, not my family, just me, and that's because the cancer has gotten so out of control," she said. 

"The doctors in Texas have told me if I don’t come for at least 12 months then they don’t have a great chance of helping me survive."

"We’ve been emailing my government to get them to help us with costs but if you fly outside of Europe, they don’t help with medical costs," said the teen, becoming visibly upset. 

"It’s ridiculous, €350k doesn’t mean anything to our government and this is my life. I’m an Irish citizen and I just wish they’d help. It’s so sad that my life is being put on a number and how much money we need to make.” 

Shan's family have started a Go Fund Me page to raise the vital funds for her Texas treatment.

The page has already raised  €465,259 of it's €500,000 goal, but donations are still urgently needed to complete the funding. 

You can donate to help Shan here, as the page says, even a donation of €1.00 brings her closer to her goal. 

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