A fundraising campaign has been launched by the Breeze-up Consignors Association (BUCA) to help with medical bills for Johnny Hassett, who is currently undergoing intensive cancer treatment in Germany.
Hassett, 49, a hugely popular member of the sales community under his Bloodstock Connection banner, was diagnosed with lung cancer last month and is receiving chemotherapy in a German hospital. The Irishman has developed a large following on Twitter through his regular video blogs throughout the last two breeze-up seasons which show both the training at his home in Co Clare, Ireland, and the sales process.
Hassett's colleague John Cullinan, one of the key figures in BUCA, said, “Johnny is a highly respected member of our community and he's known to everybody. It came as a very big shock to us all when we heard that he was in poor health. Some of his close friends and colleagues thought it would be good to try and help ease some of the concerns he might have at this stage. Mick and Sarah Murphy and Katie Rudd, among others, came up with this idea to try to use the network we have to get the message out there that while John is undergoing his treatment the fact that we can help a little bit financially will maybe help his recovery. We are all thinking of him and it's the least we can do.”
The gofundme page was made public on Wednesday evening and by Thursday morning had already raised more than €50,000 towards a stated target at this stage of €250,000.
Anyone wishing to donate to the campaign can do so via this link.