WESTFIELD, NJ — A 1995 Westfield High School graduate who is fighting late stage colon cancer is seeing an outpouring of support.

Brian Murphy, 42, of Fanwood, had learned of his diagnosis two years ago and has since endured multiple surgeries radiation and chemotherapy, he said. Recently, his tumors resurfaced, and his doctor recommended hospice care, Murphy writes in a social media post provided to TAPinto by a family friend.

“As I digest this reality, it’s emotional and I find myself struggling to accept it,” Murphy writes. “My time doesn’t feel up. I have so much more that I want to give to those I love. But now, I want to say thanks to the people who have been there for me along the way. This experience has changed me. It showed me that I’ve lived a good life surrounded myself with great people and deepened friendships and relationships.”

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This has been apparent in recent days as an online fundraiser, which friends started for Murphy’s children, has raised nearly $159,000 to help the Fanwood man’s three middle school boys.

“The specific purpose of the GoFundMe is to fund a trust that Brian established for future college and emergency expenses for the boys,” writes Michael Fisher, a close friend of Murphy’s. “It will also give us a chance to express our gratitude for all he gave us.”

Fisher, who attended high school with Murphy, told TAPinto Westfield that the fundraiser is a combined effort.

“There are a lot of people who are behind it,” Fisher said. “And it is successful because of the response to Brian and his relationships.”

Many people have been working closely with Murphy on his care, he said. “What we wanted to do is to take some responsibility, one small piece of responsibility, away from the people who have been working with Brian on a daily basis and fighting with him for the past two years.”

In a recent update posted to the GoFundMe page, the friends who organized the fundraiser thanked those who have contributed.

“Thanks to your support and generosity,” the organizers say in a statement. “This campaign, and the Trust it funds, will help bring Brian peace of mind.”

“The outpouring of generosity will also help the boys understand the immeasurable value of community and the respect and love that we feel for Brian.”

To contribute to the effort, visit the GoFundMe page linked here.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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