A teenager battling cancer in Ireland is thanking strangers around the world for raising enough money to help her get treatment in Houston, Texas.
Shauntelle Tynan, 18, shared a video online on February 12 titled “The Most Important Video I’ll ever make.”
“I don’t want to die,” Shauntelle said through tears in the video.
In the video, she explained how important it is that she gets to Texas for treatment. Doctors told her without the treatment, her chances of survival are slim.
However, the treatment and travel are very expensive. To be able to do it, Shauntelle needed to raise at least €350,000, equal to about $370,000.
“We’ve currently been emailing my government to try and get them to help me,” said Shauntelle. “If you fly outside Europe, they don’t help with medical costs.”
Just two days after sharing the video, Shauntelle’s GoFundMe page has raised more than €534,000.
Shauntelle was overjoyed to get the help she needed from people around the world.
“I haven’t stopped crying, I haven’t slept. We live in a mighty little country and I can’t believe that people have been so good,” said Shauntelle, according to The Independent.
Shauntelle will be moving to Texas in March for treatment.
In a Facebook post shared Tuesday, Shauntelle thanked her supporters said she’s excited to share the good news with her younger siblings, ages 10 and 6, when they get home from school.
“I am so excited for my little brother & sister to come home from school to hear that I have made enough to go to Texas! Finally, their big sister can be there for them again! I will never be able to express just how thankful I am, as this Valentine’s Day I didn’t just receive a teddy or a card, but the chance of life!”