Sad­ness as Miriam loses can­cer bat­tle

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

‘SHE bat­tled to the very end’ – the poignant words of dev­as­tated hus­band Pat Fitzger­ald whose wife Miriam sadly lost her bat­tle with can­cer on Mon­day.

The cou­ple’s fam­i­lies had raised over €250k for treat­ment in a bid to save her life but her death has sad­dened friends and fam­ily of the pop­u­lar Castleis­land woman who is orig­i­nally from Abbeyfeale.

“We want to thank every­one who sup­ported us,” Pat said.

THE grief-stricken hus­band of Miriam Joy Fitzger­ald, who trag­i­cally lost her bat­tle with can­cer on Mon­day af­ter­noon, has paid tribute to her fight­ing spirit.

“She fought un­til the end. She never gave up,” the dev­as­tated hus­band said this week.

Miriam, who was orig­i­nally from Abbeyfeale, was di­ag­nosed with triple nega­tive breast can­cer in May 2017 and fought for her life valiantly.

Miriam is mar­ried to Pat Fitzger­ald. The cou­ple have two young chil­dren and live in Castleis­land. Ear­lier this year, the Joy and Fitzger­ald fam­i­lies launched a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help get new treat­ment in a bid to save her life. The pub­lic came to their sup­port, and al­most €250,000 was raised for im­munother­apy.

How­ever, the treat­ment did not work, and Miriam lost her life to can­cer this week.

“We are all dev­as­tated and heart­bro­ken at the loss of Miriam,” he said.

“On be­half of all of us, we ap­pre­ci­ate what every­one did for us and the money that was raised. Miriam fought so hard and she passed away on Mon­day.”

Sym­pa­thies have been pour­ing in for the much-loved mother, wife, daugh­ter and sis­ter. She was a teacher at Drom­trasna Na­tional School in Abbeyfeale prior to her ill­ness.

The re­moval will take place in Castleis­land to­day (Wed­nes­day) and she will be brought to the Church of the As­sump­tion in Abbeyfeale on Thurs­day be­fore her cre­ma­tion.

Miriam Joy Fitzger­ald who died on Mon­day.

Pa­trick Fitzger­ald and his wife Miriam pic­tured at home in Castleis­land ear­lier this year.

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