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Robbie set to sing for brave Merryn

Bray People – MARY FOGARTY – 04 DECEMBER 2013

Sing for Merryn

Singer Robbie Doyle is pulling Bray together to make music for a little girl called Merryn Lacey.

Singer Robbie Doyle is pulling Bray together to make music for a little girl called Merryn Lacey.

Bray girl Merryn is just four years of age and has been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system.

‘Merryn is like most other four-year-old girls,’ said her dad Micheal.

‘She plays with her dolls, likes dressing up as a princess, dancing to music and will most likely be wearing something pink. She always seems to be creating – painting, colouring drawing or making stuff.’

He said the little girl gets excited about school and learning and just adores life.

However with her diagnosis last August came an almighty battle. The disease can be beaten but due to its high rate of relapse it will forever haunt her family.

The Laceys were away in London visiting friends last July and Merryn wasn’t feeling well. She was unusually tired and complaining of a sore tummy.

They brought her to the doctor when they got home. ‘Little did we know that morning that we would end up in A& E Temple Street and then eventually transferred to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin at 2 the next morning.’

An oncologist broke the devastating news that a lump had been found on the child’s left kidney, then that she had neuroblastoma.

‘Our world had come crashing down around us and our lives would now never ever be the same. Our little girl was beginning a fight for her life,’ said Micheal.

In order to give Merryn the best chance of beating this and preventing it from coming back, her parents are seeking treatment beyond the current course that she is on.

This will come at a high cost and will most likely take her to Europe or the USA.

‘Sing for Merryn’ will be on in the Martello on Thursday December 12 in the Koo from 7.30 p.m. with acts including Rattle N Hum, Kim Hayden, magician Steve Spade, Robbie Doyle and many more.

There will also be a monster raffle and DJ afterwards.

‘Merryn is such a brave soul and already on her second bout of chemo,’ said Robbie. ‘Please help me to give this remarkable girl all she deserves in life in raising much needed funds to give Merryn the best treatment she could hope for.’

He has also appealed for the public to get on board and hold their own fundraisers prior to the main event on the 12th.

‘Let’s all make a difference – do a coffee morning, bake sale, a run or walk or whatever it may be. Let’s shoot for the stars! Merryn needs us now so let’s make her proud.’

The footballer-turned musician holds a benefit night annually for a different cause.

Robbie lost his brother Richie eight years ago to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). Richard was 27 when he died after playing football.

Some of the fundraising Robbie has done over the years has been for related causes such as the Happy Heart Foundation and defibrillators for local sporting organisations.

To support Merryn in her battle, contact Robbie Doyle through Facebook or just go along to the Koo on December 12.

 

 

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