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GoFundMe For Well-Known Sunnyside Man Raises More Than $30,000 in 24 Hours

‘Big’ Shane Kenny (GoFundMe)

Oct. 15, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A fundraiser has been launched by friends of a well-known Sunnyside man who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Nikki Joyce and Tali Custer created a GoFundMe Monday for Shane Kenny who was told that he had testicular cancer in September and has been undergoing treatment. They officially launched the page Wednesday at noon.

Kenny, a 27-year-old Irish immigrant affectionately known as “Big Shane” due to his height, has worked at Ida’s Nearabout Bar and Restaurant, located at 43-13 Queens Blvd., since 2018.

He also co-owns an ice-cream business called “Big Shane’s Ice Cream.”

The page has brought in more than $32,000 in less than day. Joyce and Custer have surpassed their initial target of $30,000, with 500 people donating sums ranging from $10 to $1,000.

“We had no idea that we would smash the goal in 24 hours, absolutely brilliant!” Joyce told the Queens Post. “We just wanted to do something to lift his spirits and relieve the pressure.”

The funds are going toward Kenny’s medical bills, living expenses and travel costs for his parents to come to the U.S. and help him with his care.

Kenny’s parents live in Ireland and are working with the American Embassy to get a special travel visa to enter the U.S., according to Joyce.

Travel into the US is currently banned due to the coronavirus but his parents are seeking an exemption under the circumstances. His parents hope to arrive before Christmas, Joyce said.

Joyce and Custer said that Kenny is an affable person and well-liked among Sunnyside residents.

“If you know Big Shane, then you know his gentle giant nature,” the pair wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“You know his big belly laugh, his Irish hospitality, his generosity and friendship. The next 6 months are not going to be easy, but they don’t call him Big Shane for nothing!”

Kenny undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor last month, according to the GoFundMe page.

After the tumor was removed, doctors told Kenny the cancer had spread into his lymph nodes, his lower abdomen and smaller spots were detected in his lungs. He was told he had Stage 3 cancer.

Kenny was then sent to the Oncology Department at Mount Sinai on Oct. 5 for 12 weeks of chemotherapy treatment.

Joyce said that Kenny’s treatment consists of chemotherapy for 8 hours per day on Mondays through Friday for one week. He is then given two week’s rest and must repeat the cycle three more times.

She said that Kenny has remained positive and the outpouring of support he has received through the fundraiser has boosted his morale.

“He is really overwhelmed with the support and it has really lifted him,” Joyce said.

She said that Kenny has a close-knit group of friends that have been taking him to the hospital and helping him with other chores.

The admiration for Kenny was made clear under the fundraiser’s comments section.

“Shane is a fantastic person, full of life, and always has a smile for you. Praying for Shane to make a full recovery,” wrote one donor.

“An amazing fella and I hope he makes a full recovery,” wrote another donor.

Those looking to make a contribution to the fundraiser can do so by clicking on the link here.

 

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Known best as master of ice cream during the day and slinger of drinks behind the bar at night, Big Shane was diagnosed with Stage 3 Testicular Cancer and underwent surgery to remove the tumor in September 2020. At the age of 27, he is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Mount Sinai in efforts to fight off the disease. Big Shane’s NYC Family and Friends are asking for support to get him through this tough time since he will be out of action for the foreseeable future. This fundraiser will give him the relief he needs to focus completely on his recovery. For more details and updates of Big Shane’s journey go to: https://gofundme.com/f/big-shane-cancer-campaign Link in bio #bigshanecancercampaign

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#dumpdeblasio

Good luck to him
He’s a great guy
It’s sad that people can’t let go
of Trump hatred
They are broken

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AKM

This Sunnyside resident will be sending positive thoughts and saying extra prayers for you, Shane! Get well soon.

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Welcome to America

Having to have a GoFundMe to pay your medical bills 🙁 Yet, Trump promised (4 years ago) to “repeal” Obamacare on “day 1” of his presidency.

Best wishes to the young man!

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Y'all need jesus

Lol, downvotes due to Americans not being able to face the hard truth. Healthcare economics is a joke in this country.

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ABoondy

the kind that wouldnt bankrupt him instantly. why do you ask? have you been living under a rock? how do you not know this?

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32% if Irish people have free health care

The more wealthy pay a fee.

So he’d have MUCH better healthcare in Ireland. Thanks for pointing that out!

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Irish Sunnysider

Free health care doesn’t mean good health care. He probably would have to wait to get the treatment he needs. Why do you think so many foreigners come to the U.S. for their health issues?

Irish Sunnysider

Free healthcare doesn’t mean good healthcare. He would have to wait to get to get the care he needs. Why do you think so many foreigners come to the U.S. for their health issues?

#dumpdeblasio

The Trump derangement syndrome runs deep in you
Shame on you for pushing it on this thread

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Trump wants to get rid of healthcare

Trump wants up get rid of our healthcare. That’s relevant to the article because in normal countries you don’t need charities for your health care.

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#dumpdeblasio

He does not want to get rid of “health care”. Obamacare, however, has been a disaster. You might want to read up on it. And I think you mean “health insurance”. But since you are a liberal, you don’t read.

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20 million Americans on Obamacare

Good point, it’s only healthcare for 20 million people.

Trump promised to “repeal” it on “day 1” 4 years ago; what a failure. You ACTUALLY believed him 😂 Whoops!

ABoondy

i’m so sorry he has to go through this. my mom is going through stage 4 cancer and its so rough on her that she just cant take it anymore.

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