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Love/Hate’s Fran, Colin Farrell and Katie Taylor rally support for Merryn

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 Merryn and Katie TaylorA LITTLE GIRL in Dublin who has been diagnosed with a rare form of children’s cancer is getting support from some of Ireland’s best known actors and sportspeople.

Colin Farrell, Peter Coogan and Katie Taylor have all wished Merryn Lacy well and donated prizes that are up for auction to raise funds for Merryn.

At the end of July, Merryn and her family were in London for a few days visiting friends. Her parents said that Merryn “just wasn’t herself” and that she was unusually tired and was complaining of a sore tummy.

Cancer

When they returned home they went to the doctor and didn’t expect to end up in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin at 2am that Saturday morning.

Following scans, Merryn was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.

So far, Merryn has had eight treatments and is currently undergoing front line treatment which will last approximately 18 months.

However, her family say that the fight will not stop there, as there is a possibility of relapse. Their hope is to travel to Europe or the US where there are more treatment options, but this comes at a sizable cost.

Just like any little girl her age, her parents said that Merryn loves her dolls and to dress up like a princess. “She knows she has a lump on her kidney and will ask questions and listen intently when doctors or nurses are talking to us. How do you explain these things to someone so young? Although it’s unfair and we’ve been angry, we know that we owe it to Merryn to give this battle everything we’ve got,” they said.

Love/Hate’s Fran wished Merryn and her family well with this message while Colin Farrell said he was sending all his love to Merryn from a “chilly California” but said he knew that she was up for the fight ahead of her.

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Colin Farrell sends a video to Merryn to wish her all the best. (Via Robbie Doyle)

A charity night was organised by family friend, Robbie Doyle last week. However, fundraising is still ongoing and items are still up for auction which include Katie Taylor’s boxing gloves which are signed and a signed Leinster jersey.

Last week, the Aer Lingus Regional Santa Express, operated by Aer Arann, departed Dublin Airport with Merryn and over 60 passengers including including children, parents and hospital staff from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to visit Santa.

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(Maxwell Photography)

 

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