Sunday 17 November 2019

'A warrior in every sense of the word'

Widespread tributes for Jade McCann (24) who passed away after battle with cancer

Jade McCann at the launch of her single ‘The Parting Glass'.
Jade McCann at the launch of her single ‘The Parting Glass'.

Mary Fogarty

Hundreds of people attended a humanist funeral ceremony in Killiney last Saturday afternoon for Greystones woman Jade McCann.

Jade, also known as Jayda, died at around 5 a.m. last Thursday morning at Blackrock Hospice, peacefully, surrounded by her family and her partner. The young woman had been battling an incurable stage four pecoma cancer.

Jade (24) is survived by her parents Anthony and Kim, brother Eóin, partner Bren and extended family and friends. She was a beauty and well-being influencer and a gifted singer.

'She meant a lot to a lot of people,' said Sharon Felton, who organised fundraising events for Jade and got to know the young woman over the past year. The events included a wine and cheese afternoon, a coffee morning, and 'Jade's Glitter Ball'.

'I admire her courage and strength so much,' said Sharon.

The ball, which took place on Jade's birthday, was arranged to raise money for treatment, as well as to give Jade and her family a night to remember.

Actor John Connors, who has been working on a documentary on her story, said Jade was 'a warrior in every sense of the word'.

Sharon has set up a page to help the McCann family cover the funeral expenses. Any money left over will be donated to Blackrock Hospice.

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