Farewell to Mer­ryn

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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

Mer­ryn Lacy.

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