Shea Duffy more than quintupled his original fundraising goal

A young Irish American has raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer research after the illness struck his family.

Shea Duffy of Maspeth, NY has so far raised $53,350 in tribute to his Aunt Anne who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in 2018.

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Thankfully, Duffy’s aunt was diagnosed early and is now in remission after receiving care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who Duffy is fundraising for.

Shea with his Aunt, breast cancer survivor Anne

Shea with his Aunt, breast cancer survivor Anne

“This cause is close to my heart because my Aunt Anne has gone through a battle with breast cancer and I want to help other families who face this illness,” said Duffy.

As part of his fundraising, Duffy promised to shave his head if he met his fundraising goal, which was initially set at $10,000.

Having gone above and beyond his original goal, Duffy shaved his head on October 1st, the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at an event hosted at Sidetracks bar in Queens, NY.

Shea Duffy after he shaved his head for charity

Shea Duffy after he shaved his head for charity

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There, the inspiring 12-year-old presented his check to a representative from Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Duffy hopes “that one day we will have a safe and quick solution to fighting breast cancer.”

You can still donate to Shea Duffy's impressive fundraising online!

Shea Duffy with his parents Roisin and James, younger brother Charlie, and representative of Sloan Kettering Lauren Kelly.