Wednesday 18 October 2017

Family 'heartbroken and shocked' after six-year-old passes away from cancer

Thousands of euro was raised to help find a cure for Doireann's brain tumour
Thousands of euro was raised to help find a cure for Doireann's brain tumour
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A young family have expressed their shock and heartbreak after six-year-old Doireann Martin passed away from cancer.

Doireann (6) from Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, was battling an aggressive brain tumour known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) since November 2015.

Sadly the six-year-old passed away on Friday at home with her parents Ivan and Tracy and sister Siofra.

Over €66,000 was raised to help fund an experimental trial to find a cure for Doireann's inoperable brain tumour.

Family member Tyrone Martin said that the fundraising has come to an "immediate" end following the heartbreaking news.

"Thanks to everyone for your messages of support for Doireann and her family. Yesterday's decision by the doctors here in London came as a terrible shock for us all. Because of this decision we have decided to end our fundraising campaign with immediate effect. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who organised, participated in and donated so generously to our many fundraising events.

Doireann (6) sadly passed away from cancer
Doireann (6) sadly passed away from cancer

"We only ask that you continue to pray for Doireann. Thanks again and god bless," Tyrone said.

Doireann's funeral will take place at St. Asicus Church Frenchpark on Sunday for Mass of the Angels at 12:30pm followed by private cremation at Lakelands Crematorium Cavan.

Ivan, Tracy and Siofra said they  wish to extend heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to "A miracle for Doireann".

"By doing so you made it possible for us to find and give Doireann a chance of treatment."

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