Helena thanks Kerry's people for their support

Paul Doherty, who suffers from Lyme disease, at home with Helena in Cromane. Helena wants to thank the Kerry people for their support for Paul

With the arrival of a new year, a resident of Cromane has decided to thank the people of Kerry for their support while trying to fund a radical treatment of Lyme disease for his partner.

The story of the battle of Paul Doherty, a native of Tyrone, with Lyme disease was first presented in The Kerryman in October.

Paul fought Lyme disease – who contracted for a visit to Castlecove in 1989 – for over 30 years and suffered a series of serious health barriers as a result.

"People need to be aware of the reality of this disease and how harmful it can be," Helena said at the time.

He created a fundraising page hoping to raise € 30,000 to help fund radical treatment for him at a specialized clinic in Bad Aibling in Germany.

Helena hopes this treatment can help eliminate or alleviate Lyme's disease inside Paul.

Since the start of the October article, Helena's "Go Fund Me" fundraising has raised over € 7,000 and would like to thank everyone who has contributed, shared and contacted with the support or treatment options they have chosen for their battle with Lyme disease.

"Everyone out there helped us grow the fund to over € 7,000, which is surprising: we still have the € 23,000 bones to spend," he said.

Anyone wishing to learn more about Paul's history can consult his online fundraising page at



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