Donabate’s Cora brave gesture in memory of sister Merryn

by Sylvia Pownall

A brave schoolgirl from Donabate will have her hair chopped this Saturday in memory of her sister who died of a rare form of cancer.

Cora Lacy from Donabate set up a fundraising campaign for the Little Princess Trust to help other children and families impacted by the disease.

With the help of her parents Jenny and Mick she hopes to raise funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie which supported them throughout their difficult journey.

Cora’s sister Merryn passed away in 2016 at the age of seven after battling a rare form of Neuroblastoma for three years.

On her fundraising page brave Cora, who has been growing her hair in order to have it cut, said: “I have always wanted to do something to help children affected by childhood cancer.

“I also wanted to fundraise for a charity that has done so much for us and for so many other families impacted by cancer.”

Merryn will be forever remembered by her family as their “sweet little princess” who touched the lives of so many during her seven years.

She captured the hearts of the nation – winning over boxing champ Katie Taylor and even bringing a smile to the face of former Man United legend Roy Keane.

Merryn attended Balbriggan Educate Together NS and lived life to the full despite battling an aggressive form of cancer which affects the nervous system.

Posting on her Facebook page her parents said: “For so long Cora has wanted to do something for children impacted by cancer.

“She’s come to us with so many different ideas and at the same time she’s been growing her hair to donate it to the Little Princess Trust.

“So what better way than to make this the start her fundraising. She’s picked a charity that has already done so much for us and others – Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

“She’s doing this to help others, but we know this will also help her too. This is definitely only the start. She’s determined to do more.”

Cora has set up a fundraising page in memory of her sister and the family have been bowled over by the level of support so far with over e2,300 raised by 100 people.

They wrote: “We can’t believe the response… this is going to help Cora too. She struggles at times with the unfairness of the world and is determined to kick back.

“Thank you everyone who has donated. Aoibheann’s Pink Tie is a wonderful charity and it’s when you’re on the unfair side of life that you realise how important they are.”

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