Farewell to Merryn
SEVEN-YEAR old Merryn Lacy was laid to rest in Derry last Saturday after losing her threeyear battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer.
The community of Bray is in mourning following the sad news. Merryn’s father Mick is a native of the town.
SEVEN-year-old Merryn Lacy, who bravely fought childhood cancer for the last three years, has sadly passed away, leaving her parents to say ‘Goodbye our sweet little princess.’
Merryn’s mum, Jenny is from Derry and her dad Mick is from Mountainview Drive in Bray. Merryn was raised in Bray before the family moved to Donabate some years ago. The little girl also attended school, when she could, at Balbriggan Educate Together NS.
She had supporters in every corner of the island, including here in Bray, where two of her grandparents, Noel and Anne Lacy, reside.
Bray man Stephen Guerin is trustee of the Merryn Lacy Trust. ‘Merryn was a little girl who changed a lot of lives, including our own, with her amazing outlook on life,’ he posted on social media, adding that she was ‘a true inspiration’.
Hundreds of people turned out to show their respects to the special girl at her funeral in Derry last Saturday.
Mick, Jenny and Cora did a moving eulogy at the service at St Kilfennan Presbyterian Church, which Stephen said showed that they were such a strong family.
Merryn was laid to rest with her granny Paula in Altnagelvin cemetery.
Her family confirmed that Merryn passed away last week and took to social media to thank all of their many supporters around the country that have followed Merryn’s courageous battle over the last three years. Merryn’s heartbroken family wrote: ‘ This afternoon your little body had enough and you departed this world. No more pain! You leave us with so many happy memories.
‘Our lives aren’t just measured in years. They’re measured in the lives of people we touch around us.
In July of 2013, the family’s lives were turned upside down when they arrived home from a trip in London and noticed their four-year-old daughter, Merryn, ‘just wasn’t herself ’.
Within days, her parents, Michael and Jenny, were being told by an oncologist that their little girl had a lump on her right kidney which was later diagnosed as Neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.
Speaking in early 2014, Merryn’s dad, Michael, said: ‘It’s turned our lives upside down – that’s a given. You do become hardened towards it and toughen up a bit and we have our bad days and our good days.’ The little girl he described then was ‘a ball of energy’ and battling her disease with a smile on her face.
A fund was established for Merryn’s treatment and fundraisers sprang up all over Bray, Wicklow and around the country to support the Lacy family.
Michael said of that support, back in the early days of Merryn’s struggle: ‘What helps us is the incredible support we get. That kind of support kind of gives you strength.’
Merryn passed away last Wednesday afternoon at Crumlin Hospital.
Last Thursday, her parents updated their supporters saying: ‘We brought her home last night. The three of us holding her in our arms as a Garda escort took us from Crumlin to Donabate.
‘ There aren’t really words to describe these feelings, but we’re truly overwhelmed by the heartfelt messages from those we know and those who have come to know us through Merryn’s battle.’
They added: ‘Merryn lived life to the full we owe it to her to keep going. We miss you Merryn’ x. ‘
MERRYN LIVED LIFE TO THE FULL. WE OWE IT TO HER TO KEEP GOING