Merryn’s the mascot at Wanderers match
MERRYN Lacy was the mascot for the recent Bray Wanderers v Derry City game. This was a great occasion as Merryn's dad Mick is from Bray and her mother Jenny is from Derry.
‘Both clubs were magnificent with Merryn,’ said Stephen Guerin, who is fundraising manager for a trust for the five-year-old.
Bray Wanderers presented Merryn with a jersey, which she put on straight away with a big smile on her face and Roddy Collins (manager of Derry City) also presented her with a Derry jersey, but she wouldn't put it on, to the amusement of everyone in the Bray stand!
Merryn was treated with great hospitality from the staff at Bray Wanderers. ‘A big thank you goes out to Jack O'Neill, Stephen McGuire and Richard Burke from Bray Wanderers for organising the day out for her,’ said Stephen. ‘I even heard Merryn wanted to go to bed that night with her Bray Wanderers jersey on.’
Merryn had her kidney successfully removed three weeks ago. This was where the primary tumour for stage four neuroblastoma cancer was located. She had already gone through 12 rounds of chemotherapy prior to the surgery and will go through more treatment to remove the cancer from her bones and bone marrow.
If she is in remission in the next year she will be sent to the USA for blocker treatment at a cost of €150,000 to €200,000 to hopefully stop the cancer reappearing. In the event of a relapse the cost of treatment in the USA could reach €500,000.
Bray, Derry and Donabate have joined forces in raising more than €100,000 since Christmas.
Merryn hopes to return to Carlisle Grounds in Bray on Sunday June 15 for an Ex-Ardmore Rovers vs ExWolfe Tone YC game in her honour.
Rocky the Seagull with Merryn, Michael, Cora and Jen Lacy ahead of the Bray Wanderers versus Derry City match at the Carlisle Grounds.