Hi, my name is Mark Gilligan. I am a 54-year-old Irish musician. In 2003 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (remittance relapsing form). As time progressed it has worsened, and I am now in the secondary progressive stage of the disease. I have basically lost the use of my whole left-hand side of my body. My hand (I´m left-handed) and leg don´t function properly. So, I can´t play music anymore which is a right pain as you can imagine. The last 2 months I spent in rehabilitation learning how to fall safely because I fall a lot. I havegot to the stage where my world is getting smaller and MS is progressing at a rapid rate. Here in The Netherlands where I live there is very little they can do medically. However recently I met a doctor, a GP who also had secondary progressive MS, who had a procedure called HSCT nearly 2 years ago. His MS has stopped progressing and his life has hugely improved. HSCT attempts to “reboot” the immune system, which is responsible for damaging the brain and spinal cord in MS. This treatment has shown very positive results in stopping MS in its tracks. It is not available in The Netherlands and it is not covered by my health insurance. It comes with a price tag. It is recommended that I get this done at Clinic Ruiz in Puebla Mexico ( https://www.hsctmexico.com/ ). In total it costs 75,000 euros. This will cover the stem cell transplant treatment, carer, all medical costs incurred and flights. This is why I have started a crowd funding campaign and if there is a sniff of a chance that I can evict "the lodger in me" I am doing it. I accept the way I am now, but I must stop its progression. The gigs below are being organised by musician friends of mine who are generously donating the proceeds to my fundraising efforts. So if there is a gig in your area can you please support it? I intend to keep a weekly video blog to keep you all updated on this extreme trip of a lifetime. I intend to keep a weekly video blog and other fun things to keep you all updated on this extreme trip of a lifetime. I'll be tweeting #evictmarksms. I'll be Facebooking, etc. You can also contact me at this email address: evictmarkslodger@gmail.com For more of my story please click this link. I want to thank each one of you for your endless support and encouragement. I can't thank you enough.

DONATE A GIG

DONATE A GIG initiative for the “Evict Mark's lodger” campaign.
As many of us who are lucky to be Mark's friends know, once you’ve met him, you don’t forget ‘im! The strength of character and resilience he has shown in dealing with the unwelcome lodger is astounding …. and now, yet again, his extraordinary attitude to what has become a difficult life physically has given him the drive and courage to undertake this new journey. I know many musicians are and will be organizing benefit gigs for Mark and we welcome details of these events for inclusion on the website. However, organising a charity gig can often be hampered by venue hire and availability, back line costs and artists availability. As a way of helping this 'eviction' campaign, I have asked my fellow band mates from two different outfits to contribute the full proceeds of one of our gigs to the fund. This greatly increases the amount that I can direct to the fund thanks to their generosity.

I believe this type of initiative is an additional way for Mark’s musician friends to help. To 'donate a gig', just nominate one of your gigs, prebooked or specially organised for this fund and email evictmarkslodger@gmail.com with the details of the event. Your gig will be included on this website www.gigsforgilligan.com. You can donate the proceeds of your gig through the gofundme page.
You can also lodge funds directly to the bank account. Email evictmarkslodger@gmail.com for details of the bank account.

There is also a section below to include other events that are organized for Mark.

Happy fundraising!
Gráinne O'Brien

UPCOMING EVENTS

EVICT MARK'S LODGER

BURGER WEESHUIS, DEVENTER
Zontag 27 Oktober 2019
open: 15:30, aanvang: 16:00
Danny Guinan, Tristan Gilligan & The Astonishment, Paul Ronney Angel (zanger van The Urban Voodoo Machine), Black Djangos, Peter van Elderen, Rocco Ostermann, Quintijn Lohman en Drive by Wire.
See poster below

DANNY GUINAN & ED VELTROP

Fundraiser Event for Mark Gilligan MS Fund

Danny Guinan and Ed Veltrop in concert.
BURGER WEESHUIS, DEVENTER
Zontag 27 Oktober 2019

DAVÓG RYNNE in Concert

Wednesday 13 November, 9pm
MOLLY MALONE'S PUB
Oudezijds Kolk 9, Amsterdam

Join Davóg in Molly Malone’s Pub in Amsterdam for a few songs and tunes to raise some money for Mark on his quest … Raffle prizes on the night and Facebook live stream with PayPal donations online.

 

LAURA MULCAHY in Concert

Friday, 15 November 2019, 8pm
Ennis, Co. Clare

Joining Laura on the night will be the very talented Trevor Hansbury and Sarah Ferrigan.

THANK YOU!

A enormous THANK YOU to the artists below for their contribution to our fundraising campaign

HANK WEDEL & BAND

Thank you Hank and friends for your generous support.
CHARLIE'S BAR, CORK
Monday 5 August 2019

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS

THE GOLDEN ANCHOR
Castletown, Gorey
Saturday 17 Aug 2019, 20:00
Tickets €10.85

Thank you to Babble, DJ and all involved at the Golden Anchor for your generous contribution.

PETE HOLIDAI & TROUBLE PILGRIMS: A GHOSTOWN CELEBRATION

THE UNDERGROUND
64 Dame St, Dublin 2
(Peadar Kearney's Lower Level)
Friday, 30 August 2019

Thank you Pete and all who attended the Underground gig for your generous contribution.

GIN & SONICS

SHANLEYS, CLONAKILTY
Friday, 6 September, 10pm
Fundraiser Event for Mark Gilligan MS Fund
Fionnuala Cherry (guitar/vocals), Frankie Andrea (guitar/vocals), Grainne O'Brien (piano/vocals), Margaret Kennedy (flute/vocals).
Thank you to all at Shanleys, Clonakilty for their generosity.

SMOKIN' GUNZ : JIM O'NEILL & STEVE BELTON with Bill Shanley, John Fitzgerald and Anto Noonan

Sunday 22 September 2019
Shanleys, Clonakilty
Thanks to Jim, Steve, Bill, John, Anto, Grainne, Jenny and all at Shanleys for their generous donation and to the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival for their generous contribution

DANNY GUINAN & ED VELTROP

13 October 2019
De Waag, Haarlem

Thanks to Danny, Ed and all their friends and supporters for their generous donation.

DARRAN BYRNE

with Joel Pitcher, Mark Comerford, Tony Dunne and John Browne
The Green Door, New Ross
18 October 2019

Thanks to Darren, Joel, Tony, John and all their friends and supporters for their generous donation.

NOWHERE MAN (Beatles Tribute)
IWAN SCHIPHORST, GUIDEO VAN HEUVELEN, BENNY WAGENAAR, JELLE OOSTERWIJK, TOM EEKHUIS, TRISTAN GILLIGAN & The ASTONISHMENT, ROBERT PFIEFFER. Guest speaker Wilko van Rooijen

19 Oktober 2019
Dorpshuis Voorst
Schoolstraat 14
7383 CG Voorst
vanaf 15.00 - 0.00

Additional Projects

Additional projects being organised for the Mark Gilligan MS fundraising campaign that need your support.

PAST LIFE EXPERIENCE WITH JON KENNY

A Past Life Experience is not hypnotherapy but does involve hypnosis. You do not need to believe in Past Lives in order to enjoy the experience. I have never met or heard of anyone who didn’t find the experience at least interesting. Most reactions vary from “good” to “extraordinary”.
The session will occur in my home in Amsterdam West unless there are exceptional circumstances.

ADD YOUR PROJECT HERE

If you have an upcoming event or project you are organising in aid of this fund please contact us and we can add it here. Contact Grainne at obrgrainne@gmail.com

ADD YOUR PROJECT HERE

If you have an upcoming event or project you are organising in aid of this fund please contact us and we can add it here. Contact Grainne at obrgrainne@gmail.com

ADD YOUR PROJECT HERE

If you have an upcoming event or project you are organising in aid of this fund please contact us and we can add it here. Contact Grainne at obrgrainne@gmail.com

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